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Re: Book preservation

Poster: Heather Swann <heather@pop.net>

I always use multiple bookmarks.  As a scribe, I often have to bookmark
many pages in several books to put together one scroll, and I always use
bookmarks.  I don't mistreat paperbacks just because they are
paperbacks.  Some of my favourite books are paperbacks, and I don't want
to destroy them.  To dogear a book means the corner will soon become
weak and tear away.  Whatever the type of book I always treat it well,
because it represents a part of a forest that is now gone.  I have
respect for the trees, thus I have respect for the books.  No book is
ever 'cheap'- a tree gave its life so that book could be made.  If I do
not care for what is written in the book, I will give it away to someone
who will appreciate it, or Goodwill, or a half-price bookstore.

> Poster: Pamela Ambrose <pambrose@wam.umd.edu>
> On Mon, 9 Feb 1998, Julien de Montfort wrote:
> > If a book is old, rare, well night-irreplacable or very
> > fragile, then I treat it with the utmost care (one I keep in
> > a plastic bag because it is nearing disintegration...).
> [when I first read this I smiled thinking "Hey I'm not the
> only one!  Then I read the following cut reply...]
> Poster: "Stephanie M. Thorson" <smt2@st-andrews.ac.uk>:
>   Julien, take that poor book out of that plastic bag RIGHT NOW!
>   The odds are very good that the plastic bag is not chemically
>   inert, and will be giving off gases that will further damage
>   the paper and binding.   Plastic will also retain moisture and
>   that can accelerate damage caused by acidic papers...
> ------------
> [Uh-oh.  I had no clue.  Now I have one.  Thanks for sharing
> an educated and professional perspective.  Now to go rescue
> a few precious volumes...]
> To answer the original query, uhm, I do all of the aforementioned
> good and bad things; depending on the condition of the book I'm
> reading (most are paperbacks I've gotten used).
>                                 -lurker hiding behind book
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