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Subject: library binding - is it removable?
Date Posted: 12/3/2007 4:19 PM ET
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So, I have a heavily WL'd book that has library binding on it.  I know that some people don't like to receive library books (even though they are allowed).  I am looking at the plastic and it looks like I can just cut it away, leaving the original dust jacket intact.  But I'm scared to try it in case I'm wrong!  Has anyone ever tried to do this, and were you successful?

Date Posted: 12/3/2007 4:31 PM ET
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You can certainly remove it.......

 

In our lbrary we just slip the cover into the plastic. Just be very careful ,just in case they glued it, which we do not. Good Luck!

Date Posted: 12/3/2007 4:48 PM ET
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Hey, it came off easily!  Thanks, Tracey!

Date Posted: 12/3/2007 4:49 PM ET
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Your welcome! :-)

Date Posted: 12/3/2007 6:17 PM ET
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Just an FYI, that is not library binding, that is just an extra protector they put on it. Library binding is different than a regular HC and usually does not involve a dust jacket. You could have sent the book on without removing it.



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Date Posted: 12/3/2007 8:46 PM ET
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Yes, you are right.... I just knew what she wastalking about... I should have explained better. Thanks!!

Date Posted: 12/3/2007 9:34 PM ET
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Oh, I didn't know!  What's library binding, then?

I know that I can send books with that plastic cover - I just know that some don't like to receive books that way, so I thought that if it was easy enough to remove, why not?  :0

Thanks for the info from everyone.

Date Posted: 12/3/2007 10:13 PM ET
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It can be removed-I do it often, but be careful-I have found sometimes the library glues the plastic  onto the inside of the cover.  It can tear the paper in there and look kinda bad.  I always check to see if it's glued.  If it is, I just carefully cut the plastic off, but not the whole thing. 

Date Posted: 12/4/2007 12:49 AM ET
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Someone can correct me if I'm wrong but if my memory serves me a true library bound book will have a strip of "fabric" at the seams (front and back cover) and the pages will be sewn rather than glued together.

Regular hardcover books are often given a mylar (plastic jeacket) for library use also. I can't remember what the reinforced covering is on the paperbacks but it resembles clear contact paper.

Date Posted: 12/4/2007 10:51 AM ET
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Library binding can vary. On newer books, I almost never see it anymore. Many of the library bound  I have seen are books that have what would be on the dustjacket printed into a cardboard type cover. To me it is usually obvious that something is different when I run into a library binding.

Date Posted: 12/4/2007 10:54 AM ET
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I'd be careful removing it for the reasons stated above.  It's perfectly ok to send a book with library binding.  I've had very few (maybe only 2) conditioned requests that ask that it not be used.