Too Big for Their Britches: Books That Can’t Keep Their Covers On
If you’re around books a lot, you know there are certain titles that just have a hard time keeping it together. I’ve found that the worst offenders have:
- High page counts
- Glossy pages
- Large trim sizes
Which kinds of books have all of these? Your Guinness, your Ripley’s, your LEGO.
Add in frequent circulation and you have a perfect spine-breaking storm. Pictured above is The Smart-O-Pedia – a great book that has reached its breaking point more than once.
How do you handle this? Take preventative measures? A particular binding that’s unbreakable? Book acupuncture?
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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