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Subject: how much clear tape can be on a book
Date Posted: 1/3/2017 8:58 AM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2008
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to repair a tear on cover?

Date Posted: 1/3/2017 11:34 AM ET
Member Since: 12/3/2005
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From the help center:

Cover not significantly torn, or chewed/gnawed at all

  • some used book stores cut out a small part of the cover; if the amount missing is less than 1 square inch, this is OKAY
  • a small rip (less than 1.5 inches) in the cover is OKAY
  • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed" above.  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.

So, the tear needs to be less than 1.5 inches whether repaired or not.

Date Posted: 1/3/2017 2:11 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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I hate tape. Will put it in comments even if I do not RWAP.

It does not age well. Books really need the acid free library tape for any repairs.

Date Posted: 1/3/2017 3:53 PM ET
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Tape is allowed. There is no limit.

However, the underlying tear may not be more than 1.5 inches long, or the book is unpostable, repaired or not.

If a book is unpostable, tape cannot make it postable again. If a book is postable, tape does not make it unpostable.

Date Posted: 1/7/2017 1:47 AM ET
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What Sara said yes

You can use all the tape you want.  But if the book is unpostable without the tape, then tape cannot return it to a postable condition (see the excerpt Melissa posted).