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Subject: Cold Weather & Book Condition
Date Posted: 12/29/2007 1:49 PM ET
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Yesterday after opening a book that sat in my mailbox most of the day and in colder than normal weather for us, I noticed the book seem to automatically begin to separate from the spine. I'm not sure if the member mailed the book this way or if the book was so cold that the spine actually snapped because it was so brittle.

Those of you that live in the extreme cold, have you experienced this problem?

Date Posted: 12/29/2007 2:31 PM ET
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I live in PA and while I wouldn't say it gets extremely cold here very often, it does get pretty cold at times. I have been getting books in the mail for several years and have to say that I don't remember that ever happening to any that I have received.

Date Posted: 12/29/2007 3:10 PM ET
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I've never had this hapen to me before and I live in Maine. It can get pretty cold here too.

Date Posted: 12/29/2007 10:08 PM ET
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I live in the cold and I've had this happen to me numerous times--in fact, I posted a caution about it somewhere on the forums.  It happens when the books are either in the trunk or anywhere else in the car; sitting in a box outside from a delivery, or sitting in the garage in a box.  Once they warm up they're fine, but I learned not to do that after ruining some from a box someone gave me.  They were still readable, but no longer postable.

Date Posted: 12/30/2007 1:34 AM ET
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Wow, Calen, thanks for that info!  I just learned something new!

Date Posted: 12/30/2007 12:38 PM ET
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Thanks Calen because this book is a relatively new book on many WL and it appeared to be like new. Just the way it sounded and felt told me the book wasn't damaged but I wanted to know if others experienced the same. Now I know to let them sit and warm up before opening.

Date Posted: 12/30/2007 1:45 PM ET
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I read some while back that if you put a blowdryer on low heat and run it over the binding and then press the book back together that helps solve the problem.  They are using cheaper glues and such to bind books so it isn't surprising for this to happen

Date Posted: 12/30/2007 10:06 PM ET
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You're welcome!