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Subject: tape on books
Date Posted: 10/19/2007 3:49 PM ET
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hi,

i received a book that had tape down the spine and over the edges of front and back covers.  i know people do this to prevent damage and it doesn't bother me.  but i'm wondering about trading these books.  should i disclose it or is it not a big problem?  thanks, teresa

Date Posted: 10/19/2007 4:59 PM ET
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Was it an ex-library book? Many libraries do that to extend the life of the book. I don't  believe there is a problem reposting it as long as the tape is not there to hide or fix tears & a broken spine.

Date Posted: 10/19/2007 5:15 PM ET
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no., it was a paperback.  and the tape was the wide, mailing, clear type.  and just on the spine and folded over cover edges.

Date Posted: 10/19/2007 5:17 PM ET
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I don't think there's anythign specific forbidding that.  Maybe the person does it to all their books to help them last longer?  Was it showing signs of seperation or tearing?

Date Posted: 10/19/2007 5:19 PM ET
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Well, these are the guidlines for cover & binding, so I do not think the tape is an issue.

 

Cover:
  • Must both be present (front and back)
    • note that a paperback missing its front cover is  usually an illegal, unsold copy
    • "cover" does not = dust jacket.  Hardcovers do not need to include their dust jackets to be swapped here.
  • Cover not torn
    • some used book stores cut out a small part of the cover; if the amount missing is less than 1 inch, this is OKAY
    • a small rip (less than 1 inch) in the cover is OKAY
  • A bookplate inside the cover or on the flyleaf is OKAY
Binding:
  • Must be intact, with no separation on the inside or outside of the book
  • If the book tends to open at a particular page, this is OKAY
  • Small amount of fraying or denting at top or bottom is OKAY

 

 

Date Posted: 10/19/2007 5:36 PM ET
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some creases were on the spine but not bad.  you know how paperbacks tend to have spine creases.  i think the tape prevents the spine from creasing and i may try it on some of my paperbacks.  no tears on the covers either and the tape makes them feel firmer.  thanks for all your comments.  teresa

Date Posted: 10/19/2007 5:46 PM ET
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If the spine on a paperback is looking rough, I'll tape over it.  I'll also tape on the corners if they're splitting but I've found a little glue  worked in the separation works just as well.

Date Posted: 10/19/2007 8:52 PM ET
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Yes, it's postable.   I'll tape over a spine with packing tape sometimes, too - for example if it looks like the cover is about to rip at the corner of the spine.     Libraries do it all the time and ex-library books are perfectly fine on PBS.

Date Posted: 10/20/2007 2:58 PM ET
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Nine times out of ten, libraries use the tape to reinforce the covers, inside & out along the spine as well as on the edges, when cataloging the book before the book ever hits the shelves.  Once in a while, they repair a book this way.