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Subject: Why tape on the dust jacket? small vent
Date Posted: 7/28/2010 2:47 PM ET
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This is the second hardcover I gotten that has the dust jacket is taped onto the book. While I prefer to have the dust jacket included, I like to take them off when I'm reading the books. They just seem to get in the way. I'm afraid if I take the take off it's rip the dust jacket. :(

Date Posted: 7/28/2010 3:22 PM ET
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I hate that. I don't see the point, when it's easier to set it aside while reading.

Maybe you should add a "no tape on dustjackets" clause to your RC?

Date Posted: 7/28/2010 4:33 PM ET
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As a dust jacket taper I can only speak for myself but, there are a couple or so reasons I do so.

1)  I prefer to see the pretty picture on the dust jacket than the plain old regular book cover while I'm reading the book, because while reading sometimes I'll look at the cover to really feel into the storyline.

2)  Since I prefer to read with the dust jack on I cannot stand to have it misaligned with the book so, I tape it in place to hold it in alignment.

3)  while reading the book it is protection in case something should drip or whatever on the book, the dust jacket (unless there are RCs otherwise) does not have to meet posting guidelines so better the jacket get damaged than the actual cover of the book.


A jacket taped on the inside of the book is easy to remove. Open the book up so that the jacket is loose, put your hand under the jacket to lift up slightly where the book is taped and with a sharp object (razor for example) cut at the small space between jacket and book.

Date Posted: 7/28/2010 4:46 PM ET
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To protect hardcovers while reading, I remove the dust jacket and use one of those stretchy textbook covers.  They are cheap and available everywhere, I sometimes stitch on a piece of ribbon for a bookmark.  When finished, I remove & reuse the stretchy cover and replace the dust jacket.

Date Posted: 7/28/2010 5:25 PM ET
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Oh smart. I'll have to pick up some of those book socks next time I'm at the store.

Date Posted: 7/28/2010 7:29 PM ET
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Tape usually tears very easily..... Just start it with an X-acto knife or something and it should separate easily without ripping anything (good lord willin' and the creek don't rise).

Date Posted: 7/29/2010 12:49 AM ET
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I hate dust jackets and throw them away as soon as I get the book home unless I really like the art. I would never tape on a dust jacket but have sent books as such because they were previously library books that were already taped.