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Thread #171988   Message #4161214
Posted By: Joe Offer
04-Jan-23 - 01:20 AM
Thread Name: Tech: Repairing Songbook Bindings
Subject: Tech: Repairing Songbook Bindings
I pulled out my paperback copy of Bob Copper's A Song For Every Season today. The book was published in 1971, and this copy seems to be a 1975 reprint by Paladin. There's also a recording of the same title at YouTube: There's a collection of maybe 40 songs in the back of the book. I imagine they are the same songs as in the recording, but a page fell out when I opened to the songbook section of the book.
How can I fix this book? I'm afraid to open it because I'll destroy it. The pages are all intact - it's just that I can't open the book to actually read it. This book is a treasure, and I want to both read it and preserve it.

I found a YouTube video titled How to Repair & Rebind a Damaged Paperback as a Hardcover Book:

And here's an example with a perfect-bound book with a paper cover:

Anybody have experience with fixing books?

What about dealing with books that smell of mildew?