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JenniferG

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I just got my Books of Wonder in the mail today.  Cost me $90 and I really want to protect those lovely dust jackets.

I do these with the following library plastic covers I get from Brodart.  They are like $13 for 25, with shipping it comes out to about a dollar per book.

http://www.shopbrodart.com/80899E85-F652-4C80-BBFF-1BCB5955D64E/_/Brodart-Econo-Fold-Book-Jacket-Covers1?q=20621105

They way I put them on does zero damage to the dust jacket and book.  I tape the plastic to itself in the fold with a piece of double sided scotch tape.

I decided I'd share my process in case it might help anyone. I just took a bunch of photos for this Book of Wonder Volume I, which I covered in this plastic.

1) The sheet of plastic I bought came with a fold.

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2) I cut this along the fold as straight as I can with scissors, doesn't have to be precise.

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So now I am left with a nice large piece of plastic without any folds.

3) I lay the dust jacket centered face down on top of the plastic.

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4) I then fold the bottom edge straight across lining up with bottom edge of dust jacket and making sure they are straight with respect to the ends as well.  I then do the same with the other side of the dust jacket, leaving about an 1/8th inch border for wiggle room for book to slide into cover. 
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5) I then line up the dust jacket to one side and trim off the other side with scissors as straight as I can; doesn't have to be exact because who stares at the back of the book on the inside to see how straight the plastic is with respect to the dust jacket heh.

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  6) I now put the dust jacket around the book and align things up and do a rough light fold where the dust jacket wants to naturally be. 

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7) I then finalize the crease on the front side of the dust jacket lining up things perfectly and using finger nail to make the hard sharp crease.

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8) I then put a piece of double sided scotch tape on the inside of the cover.

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9) I then fold it over carefully along the sharp crease, align the edges perfectly and push down adhering the tape to the other piece of plastic.  I then start carefully sliding the book into the newly formed pocket.

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10) Once the front of the book has been pushed all the way in I close the book and find where I want to fold on the back side.  I then roughly crease it with hand, take the book out and finalize it with a sharp crease with finger nail, making sure everything is aligned while doing so.

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11) I then put a piece of double sided scotch tape on the inside of hte fold for the back side:

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  12) I tuck the book into the fold, holding everything square as I do it.. once everything is in alignment I push down and secure the tape to the other piece of plastic.  You might have to pull it apart a few times to get things aligned perfectly.. like makign sure they are tucked in fully and that the plastic is folded properly at the crease. I sometimes use back end of butter knife to push the crease back into place from the inside before adhering the tape in place. 

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(Ignore dirt on my thumb nail.. I dig in the garden all the time and it's hard to get all of it out sometimes even with a nail brush).

Finished book:

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Man, I hate dust jackets. I usually just take them off and throw them in a box. At least they don't get ruined that way.
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I can't stand dust jackets either.  But when they are covered I love them.  They are sturdy with the plastic cover and don't come loose ... book slides in and out of pockets as you open and close book.  Book nor covers can get greasy or stained.
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I don't like them even then, but considering what that book costs, I don't blame you for taking the extra time and effort to protect it.


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I don't like them even then, but considering what that book costs, I don't blame you for taking the extra time and effort to protect it.



Well, contrary as ever, I love dustjackets. I love books and look after them as best I can. The dustjackets do the job and that's all I ask. The books look lived in.
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Thanks for this, Jennifer. This is a topic close to my heart. In my ‘professional’ library (mainly theology and commentaries) of several thousand volumes, I have been covering both paperbacks and dust-jackets for hardbacks with a clear ‘contact’’ which is adhesive backed, for decades. This means they are stuck on the books for life. It’s a trade-off, since well used volumes will almost never fall apart, and the spines have a Dewey reference that will never fall off, and is a relatively cheap process, BUT it does affect resale value (I never really consider that when I buy a book) and if you don’t do it right, you live with the mistake! But I have some very expensive volumes that I don’t have the heart to ‘contact’, probably for aesthetics. Your choice is much better. Magic books like Harry’s ‘Classic Collection’ have such a real beauty with the dust-jackets that I think I’ll use your method. In fact, I’m tempted to pay my local library to do it for me.
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John, be careful with local library, I think they tape to the book.  The way I do it the jacket is only taped to itself.  Does zero damage to book and cover.
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John, be careful with local library, I think they tape to the book.  The way I do it the jacket is only taped to itself.  Does zero damage to book and cover.

Thanks for the warning, Jennifer. I’ll check that out. Or I might just bite the bullet and follow your instructions.
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I've been threatening to do that to my books, and you may have given me the inspiration to do it.

That looks like the material John Greget uses -- some folks here might know him from conventions. I met him when I was going to Ring meetings here in Phx. He lives in Scottsdale. I bought a First-Edition set of "The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley" from him and then at some point I can't remember what it was, but I bought another book from him. Everything he sells is encased just as you've described.

Great descriptive post, thanks!

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Thanks for your advice and clear instructions, Jennifer!  I too, treasure books (and their dust jackets), and will look into the plastic covers you recommended.

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I just ordered 25 of those covers... since I'm kinda/sorta half-retired, I'll dig up where I've stored some dust jackets and get these things into plastic finally!

Question for Jennifer.... for books that have no dust jacket -- do you intend to put covers on those as well? I've got a set of "The Complete Walton" … nice covers but no jackets... and also Paul Gordon's GoldDust and etc. series... just wondering what someone else's thoughts on the subject may be.

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I've only covered those with dust jackets so far.  Like Asi Wind's Repertoire, which is leatherbound and graphic on front is still uncovered.. was dang expensive book at $100 too lol.  (I think Asi Wind's is about he most gorgeous magic book I've personally seen.. thick paper and all illustrations hand painted by him in water color.. thick paper in book feels like water coloring paper.)
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