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Subject: Is this book postable?
Date Posted: 10/9/2014 9:19 PM ET
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I have a WL book.  It is a small paperback.  When you first open the book at the cover, it is coming away at the spine a bit.  Other than that, the book is great.  Would this be postable?  And if not, would I be able to use some super glue to fix it than post it, or is that not aloud either?  Thanks!

Date Posted: 10/10/2014 3:06 AM ET
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Karen, I'm sure you meant "allowed", not "aloud".   :-)

Assuming this is a paperback book, if the cover is coming away at the spine a bit you should be able to glue it to repair. I would strongly discourage using super glue, however, as this is not the type of thing that super glue is designed for and it most likely would not work well.

I recommend using a white glue like Elmer's, a wood glue like Tite-bond, or some other glue which is formulated to use with paper or wood. Don't use epoxies or glues intended for plastics. The tricky part with using glues for spine repairs is how to apply pressure to the glued area while it sets. I have been able to use clamps and even rubber bands, but the methods employed will vary with the size and thickness of the book and the extent of the repair and gluing. You'll want to use a glue that is flexible when dry and not brittle, and allow sufficient time for the glue to dry thoroughly before handling.



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Date Posted: 10/10/2014 1:44 PM ET
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To answer your initial question, no, in the book's current state, the spine is not intact, which is a PBS requirement, so it is not postable.