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Subject: Difference between library binding and hardcover?
Date Posted: 10/9/2007 5:37 PM ET
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I just checked two of my books which are listed as hardcover.  They have shiny, plastic-y covers on top of the hardcover.    Are those library bindings?  If not, what IS a library binding?

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Date Posted: 10/9/2007 5:39 PM ET
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The shiny covers indicate that the books are former library books.  They are still postable, and (unless I am totally off base, it's happened before)  you would still post these as hardcover. 

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Date Posted: 10/9/2007 5:44 PM ET
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Library binding is a specific kind of hardcover, made sturdier to stand up to repeated use.  Usually a book with a library binding will have a different ISBN than the hardcover.  The shiny plastic cover (mylar, I am assuming) may be an indication that these are library books, but it isn't necessarily the case.  A bookstore near me sells those covers to put on your books to protect them. 

Whether they are actually ex-library books or not, listing them as hardcovers is perfectly fine.

Here's the Wikipedia listing about library binding:


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Date Posted: 10/9/2007 6:02 PM ET
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The library binding I received for a hardcover was a little different as there was no dustcover, what usually showed up on the dust cover was actually printed into the cover. The plastic wrap is just a protector.

Date Posted: 10/9/2007 11:43 PM ET
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