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Subject: Damaged Book, Cool Cover?
Date Posted: 12/16/2007 8:54 PM ET
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I'm looking to decorate my home library, and a thought I've had is to cover the walls with small framed book covers. Instead of purchasing expensive prints, however, I would like to use actual book covers. Might anyone have any damaged, untradeable, or unwanted books that might have unblemished or acceptably worn, incredibly interesting covers? Let me know, and I'm sure we can work out some kind of deal. Thanks!

Date Posted: 12/17/2007 11:39 AM ET
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Cool idea.  Any specific genre? I don't have anything come to mind right now but I'll keep an eye out.

Date Posted: 12/17/2007 1:43 PM ET
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I may have some, however I am at work right now and will look when I get home and check them out.

Great idea!



Date Posted: 12/17/2007 2:01 PM ET
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That  is a cool idea!  If you edit your post to be more specific about the genre it might help, though.  I'm looking forward to your specs!

Date Posted: 12/18/2007 8:24 AM ET
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Sorry, I should have been more specific regarding genres. The more I think about it, older covers in the pulp mystery/crime drama/sci-fi/fantasy areas would probably look nice. Those are some of the more interesting covers you'll find, and I think older books from the fifties through seventies will not only have more classic looking art design, but will have a better chance of existing in inferior trading condition.

Judith L. (JML) - ,
Date Posted: 12/18/2007 1:40 PM ET
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Have you thought of borrowing the covers from the library and scanning them into jpegs, printing and framing them?  You can look at my shelf and if you see anything you like, I'll check and see if the cover is the same as mine, scan it and e-mail you the jpeg.

Date Posted: 12/18/2007 9:12 PM ET
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How about getting some books at the thrift store with the jackets that you like.  Just a thought.

Date Posted: 12/18/2007 10:33 PM ET
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I have a whole bunch of books in great condition my great uncle gave to me a long time ago.  They had primarily been sitting in 2 boxes in my garage.  Some I want to keep but I have no idea what to do with the rest.  They are all paperback trade size and from between 1960-1975 at the latest.  For example I have:

Persuasion by Jane Austen: 1966

Kidnapped by Robert Stevenson: 1963

Moby Dick by Herman Melville: 1964

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller: 1965 (cover in excellent condition; pages are bound tight still, but pages have come apart from cover)

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: 1965

The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling: 1966

Ceaser and Cleopatra by George Shaw: 1966

Ben Hur by Lew Wallace: 1965

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne: 1963

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: 1963 (cover in excellent shape, but pages coming out)

Complete Sonnets and Poems by William Shakespeare: 1966

These are just a few.  He gave me lots and I just don't know what to do with them all.  If you are interested at all and you would like to know if I have a specific one, let me know and I will look.  All are in excellent condition and don't look like they have been actually read at all.  I just keep them on a shelf now because I like the look of them.  I just don't have room for all of them.  they are stacked up on each other right now.  Each is marked with the price of the book at the time, around $.50 each...has "Classic Series" and the number much like series books now do...

Hope this helps!  If not...does anyone else have any ideas on what I can do with them?!?!?

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