Book Binder 2.

One comment on my earlier post My Book Binder wondering about the cost of binding books, leads me to write this post.

I use another method to make books last a bit longer by getting a transparent plastic cover put on them by a machine specially made for that purpose. This machine is operated by a rather eccentric shop keeper who sells books in our old city and would insist on leaving the book/s with him overnight or for a couple of days before he would find the time to cover and return the book.

This method is much cheaper but I have to go to the city to get it done once to leave the book there and once again to collect it.   I had a young associate who used to live close by to the shop who used to do this for me cheerfully.   Unfortunately this young man died two weeks ago and I  would now have to go myself. I am investigating possibilities of getting one of the machines and if I succeed, I will give it to a friend who runs a small lending library close to home who will be delighted to commercialise it.

Here is a specimen of such a plastic covered book.  You can see the plastic on the edges.

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8 Responses to Book Binder 2.

  1. That sounds like a good idea. I’m sorry about your friend.

  2. that reminds me of the olden days when we covered all our textbooks with a clear contact plastic adhesive sheeting – although it was hard to deal with “creasing” – I suspect this is still in operation.
    I seem recall that sometimes a non-hardcover book will look like it’s had this type of treatment, especially if you get something from the library service, so I guess they have a machine at the purchasing department.

    sounds like you love to keep your books and return to read them, I have a few I read regularly…most of them to do with “art/creativity” 🙂

    • I just investigated and find that there are machines available but they are very expensive and have to be imported. I am sure that there must be an alternative and I will find it sooner than later.

  3. tammy j says:

    my books of that kind I am so careful with.
    it’s sad that your book binding friend died so young.
    and I just read your comment on Cathy’s last post about the protesting people on strike and taking their anger to the streets.
    hope it gets resolved SOON so you can enjoy your peaceful terrace and the people-watching again. stay safe!
    tammy j recently posted..moving on old bean

    • The protests were all on the main arteries and residential areas like ours were pretty much safe. Nothing stopped my daily routine though the children had to confine themselves to the home instead of going out on errands. All shops and establishments were closed for two days.

  4. Max Coutinho says:

    Happy New Blogging Year, Rummy!

    Your method is the one employed by many Portuguese students in the past. So I am quite familiar with it. It is so effective that my high school books still look new till this very day.

    Cheers, my friend.

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