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Care And Feeding
Care and Feeding of Your Book(s)
These are general care and feeding recommendations to keep your books in tip-top condition:
1. Like gremlins, books should never get wet, that means don‘t store them in a bathroom or expose them to rain, leaking basements, squirt guns, and high humidity. These are all bad for books.
2. Books should not be left in direct sunlight; just like us, the pages can darken and the covers can fade. So putting a bookcase near a window is a bad idea or leaving a book by the rear window of a car is ill-advised as well.
3. Don’t feed your books after midnight; meaning don’t use them as a plate, open with sticky fingers, or store them in a kitchen.
4. You should never have the books on your shelf leaning at an angle, it hurts their spines.
5. Books do/should not double as coasters, Frisbees or lap desks.
6. Try and keep your books from becoming dusty; storing them in the attic, next to a furnace or basement is not advised.
7. Keeping your shelved books dusted will help to deter insects, such as silverfish, which regard your books as an all-you-can-eat buffet. Occasionally spot check them to make sure that an bug hasn’t made your books shelves its’ new home. “Book worms” are bad when they’re insects.
8. When reading a hardback, remove the dust jacket until you finish the book. When grading a hardback, both the book and jacket are evaluated for quality, and this is the easiest way to keep the dj nice if it doesn’t have a mylar dust jacket protector on it (we sell dj covers for $.50 apiece). There are different grades of dust jacket covers, look for ones which screen out some of the harmful, dust-jacket-fading ultraviolet light.
9. Lastly, try and keep your books in a temperature-controlled environment, remember they are made of wood pulp and fluctuating temperatures speed up the decay of the fibers. The less temperature swing the better. You don’t have to build a special room for them - don’t we all wish we could! - but as stable an environment for them that you can provide will protect them better.
10. When storing your overflow books, (since if you are like us and can’t help buying just one more book), if you need to box them, use a good, sturdy carton (like a bankers box) and tape all openings closed to keep out dust, dirt and spiders. And remember dust and damp are your enemies, so basements are a bad bet when storing boxes of books. Since generally, they are noted for flooding and dust; as well as fluctuating temperatures.
In all seriousness and gremlin allusions aside, sun, water and dust are your books’ biggest enemies. The more foresight you put into keeping these enemies at bay the longer your books will look as if you just bought them. Remember, condition is paramount and your library should look like nothing’s been read, just shelved and adored.
P.S. If your dust jacket tears DO NOT close it up with scotch tape. Put it in a dust jacket wrapper, it will help prevent it from tearing further!