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Topic: What exactly is a cleaved spine?

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Date Posted: 10/11/2007 2:25 PM ET
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 Mary, that is so strange ! !   

I have never tried this on a paperback book where the glue did not melt.  I have thought that perhaps books from the earlier part of the 20th century might not be hot-melt glue; I have never tried this method on one of them.  This method has never failed me!  The local library told me that they use this method to repair their books, too.


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Date Posted: 10/11/2007 6:18 PM ET
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My rule of thumb is, if in doubt, don't post it.  Credit price is $3.45 and that's a lot of cash to pay for a borderline book.  Many of us can get HC books for $1.00 or less - so receiving a borderline book  is a bit hard to swallow.

Mary, I have suggested they post examples as well - simply as guidelines.  It would help people make these sorts of decisions.



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Date Posted: 10/11/2007 6:53 PM ET
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I know that times it's seems like I'm on my own personal mission to rid PBS of all cleaved spines, but I haven't reported books that look like this as a problem.  The main reason is that there's not usually any actual separation from the spine & almost no risk of the pages falling out any time soon. The stitching seems to make the book less likely to fall apart.  I think that the whole problem with cleaved spines is the fact that the pages will soon start coming loose. 

eta:  However, even though I don't report a problem with these books, I don't repost them, because the HC says that we should only post books that we would want to receive ourselves & I really don't 'want' to get a book like that.

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