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Subject: Binding question
Date Posted: 3/4/2015 4:41 PM ET
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I am trying to add only hardcovers of books by a certain author to my wishlist.  On some of them it says "Library Binding" or "school library binding"  under book type.  What exactly is "library binding?"

Date Posted: 3/4/2015 4:43 PM ET
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It is HC but with that thin plastic film covering over it.

Date Posted: 3/4/2015 4:52 PM ET
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excellent, thank you! :)

Date Posted: 3/4/2015 5:33 PM ET
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library bindings can take many forms. do a google search for a more complete picture of library bindings.

Date Posted: 3/4/2015 5:33 PM ET
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Stephanie, it's also an ex-library book sometimes with the library envelope in the back. Also it may say "withdrawn". They're bought from Library book sales.

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Date Posted: 3/4/2015 7:56 PM ET
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There is one company that puts hard back covers on paperback books. Turtleback. 

So Library binding can mean a wide range of hardcover bindings. Usually a more sturdy binding designed for sale to libraries. 

Date Posted: 3/7/2015 2:37 AM ET
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Yes, there's several bindings covered under 'library binding' all hardcover IIRC.  Widest usage is probably hardcovers with a full color cover instead of a dust-jacket...remember all those old junior readers about states and presidents?  The mylar dust jacket cover doesn't really qualify as a library 'binding' it's just common for libraries to use them on standard hardcovers with jackets.

School library binding covers a wider range.  They can be the full color hardcovers, but also frequently the Turtlebacks Emily mentioned.  Which are paperbacks (often classics) that are professionally rebound with a hardcover for durability & heavy use.

Not sure what they call that new heavy clear plastic our public library applies to paperbacks tho.

Last Edited on: 3/7/15 2:38 AM ET - Total times edited: 1