What to do when you come across a book that needs repair? Do you leave it like it was found or do you repair it? Most books seldom go through life in pristine condition. They become wounded in various ways in their journey, similar....
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What to do when you come across a book that needs repair? Do you leave it like it was found or do you repair it? Most books seldom go through life in pristine condition. They become wounded in various ways in their journey, similar to a person's wounds in life. Do you leave the book with its scars? Some books need some medication (gluing). Some books need bandaging (taping). I believe in repairing books, if possible, and sending the book on its way. It hasn't lost its power to communicate even if it now is in rough condition. I do not, however, repair all books that come my way (but may or may not repair them later). Some older books do not have all their pages separated from each other. I attempt to separate them, but do not always do so. To me, it is a sign no one has read all the pages of that particular book. Imagine finding an ex-library book in that condition. I have. Imagine finding a newer book still wraped in plastic. Taking off the plastic and discovering it has been wraped in the plastic for 20 years (based upon the copyright date of the book). Books are like people, they communicate. For better or for worse, they communicate. I believe in repairing books when I can & when I have the time (if that is an issue). Some books create a dilemma. The inside of the book has browned with age; the pages have become brittle; the pages are deteriating. What do you do then? Do you send it to be trashed; to be burned? I have a couple of books in that condition. Or, perhaps, the book can be cloned? Then, the book can still communicate. A bit of philosohizing here. For What its Worth.