E-books and PDFs are becoming increasingly common, and we are getting more accustomed to them. However, as a fellow bookworm, I can tell you that reading a book on a computer or Kindle isn’t quite the same as actually holding the book in your hands.
But one of the most difficult challenges any reader encounters is keeping a book in its original condition while using it regularly. Damages to the book, such as a broken spine or hinge, or loose pages, are some of the common problems that we, as readers, experience. We need to bind the book or fix the binding to resolve these concerns. It may appear that completing these tasks is difficult. They are, nonetheless, relatively simple to execute. In this post, we’ll look at a variety of bookbinding issues and how to solve them.
How to Bind a Book
Book binding is the binding of papers or pages together to form a book. People have been doing it for centuries. A book that is bound is more sturdy. With a proper binding, the book’s content is protected. Besides, book binding is an excellent method for making sketchbooks, books, and journals.
In general, book binding is a skill best left to the experts. However, it’s not as difficult as we think. You can accomplish it on your own if you follow a detailed set of instructions.
- First, you need to collect some materials. These are awls (bookbinding needles), linen thread, glue, ruler, and pencil.
- Make a line. Though this step is optional, it will make the following one go more smoothly. Use a ruler to confirm uniformity by drawing a line along the center. Put some dots in the lines. Then, using the awl, poke holes in the dots.
- Begin sewing in the middle of your spine’s dot. You’ll begin sewing at the middle dot of your centered spine after threading your needle. Pull the thread through, leaving some length behind.
- To the right of the middle dot, continue sewing on holes. Each hole will be stitched to the right first, then turned around and threaded back to the center.
- Sew to the holes to the left of the central dot, passing through the center. You may continue to the following stage once you’ve finished stitching the left side as well. You’ll stitch back to the center when you’ve finished sewing the left side.
- Finally, to finish your threading, tie a knot. You’re nearly done with the bookbinding procedure!
How to Fix Bookbinding
Sometimes your book gets broken due to continuous usage or some other issue. Basically, there are two common types of broken book problems. One is a loose page issue, and another is a broken hinge. Let’s check the solutions for both below.
For Loose Page Problem
- First, carefully remove the loose pages. And put them aside in the correct order.
- Apply glue inside the spine where the pages have loosened. Always put a thin layer on.
- Spread the glue with a spreader.
- Put the pages so that they are on the same line as the other pages.
- Set your pages on the spine by pressing firmly. Do it quickly; otherwise, the glue might dry.
- Close the book and put on some heavy things. Let the glue set fully.
Fixing Broken Hinge Problems
If the hinge is broken or about to break, remove the hinge. It is easier to repair a hinge after removing it from the book.
- Get a single-stitched tape, an acid-free adhesive, a brush, waxed paper, and two or three large rubber bands.
- Cut a piece of binder tape to the same length as the text block.
- Then put some adhesive evenly on one side of the tape and attach it to the text block. Let the adhesive dry and set completely.
- Place the waxed paper on top of the text block and the spine. It should be placed on top of the binder tape you’ve already attached and beneath the binder tape you haven’t yet connected.
- After that, adhere glue to the two tabs, carefully raise the cover so the border fits all along the tape’s seam, and push the spine against the other tabs.
- Connect the final tab to the cover, then use rubber bands to keep the book tight.
How to Remove Book Binding Glue
Book binding glue keeps the book intact by holding the bookbinding in place. It also adheres to the front and back covers of the book. Sometimes, book binding glue has to be removed for reasons like if the book is loosening or when people have to replace the cover. Since it is a simple task that anyone can do by following some simple steps.
- In the case press, place the book from which you need to remove the adhesive. The book is held in place by the press’s backing boards, which allow you to reach the spine.
- Soak the brown paper. Fold a paper towel’s ends and put it between the tail and the head of the spine.
- Then use a steam iron. The steam from the iron weakens the binding glue, allowing it to be scraped off the spine with ease.
- Now remove the moistened paper towel and remove the glue from the book spine with a dull knife.
- Cheesecloth or old paper liners that have come away from the steaming can be removed from the spine as well. Otherwise, the glue may be removed, and it can be left intact.
- To remove persistent adhesive, repeat the steaming steps several times.
How to Remove Stickers from Books
Removing stickers from books can be a difficult job. Stickers will either leave a residue or tear off the book cover. So the job needs higher carefulness.
There are several ways in which you can remove stickers from books. I have mentioned some of them below.
First, use a hairdryer to loosen the adhesive on the sticker. And peel off the sticker gently.
Adhesive Remover: Use an adhesive remover to clear away the rest of the residue. Goo Gone is a popular adhesive remover and is suitable for most types of removal processes. Drip a cotton swab on the Goo Gone and rub the cotton over the adhesive stains.
Nail Polish Remover: Nail polish remover also works fine to clear the residue. However, I do not personally recommend it. You can use it if you cannot find a regular adhesive remover.
Rubbing Alcohol: Drip a cotton swab into the rubbing alcohol. And rub the cotton on the residue until you can entirely remove the remnants from the book. The alcohol will start to dry, so drip the cotton swab again if it gets dry.
No matter how worn out your book’s binding is, that does not imply the book should be thrown away. Following some simple steps at home can help you to revive your favorite books and enjoy them for years to come.