As we all know, books have been around for centuries, and many have survived to prove that fact. Tragically, most books printed today (mass market, trade publications) are predicted to last a mere 60 years. Why? Because of the mush they’re made of that breaks down quickly and is very acidic – unlike the rag paper that was used in the 15th century that still survives today.
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So while caring for your books may seem pointless if your collection is largely composed of recently published popular books, every little effort helps in making sure they last as long as possible. If you’re a regular follower of this blog (thank you!!) you will have seen various posts in the Healthy Books category here, but today I thought I would point the way to others who have also published quick tips on what to do (and what NOT to do!) to keep your books healthy.
- Care For Your Collectible Books: 18 Essential Tips by emptymirrorbooks.com
- How To Care For Your Books: 5 Tips by apartmenttherapy.com
- Dos and Don’ts for Taking Care of Your Personal Books at Home by the New York Public Library
- How To Care For Your Books by the Washington Post