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Lonesome Luke wrote:Frederica wrote:Not if they're smoking hot books! I might be defaulting to collector concerns from a former life. If you're not buying the books for with an eye to possible future resale value then it probably doesn't matter too much. But the plastics in some grocery-type plastic bags interact with paper (especially the cheaper paper in paperback books, book club editions, or comics) and may cause them to degrade faster than if you'd just left them uncovered. It depends on what you want. In other words, NEVER MIND.
Well, I looked into it, and found this on reddit.com:No on the cling wrap. It will actually trap moisture close to the cover.
Some other people have recommended contact paper and the like. Also, nonononoooooo.
If you want to preserve your books do not adhere ANYTHING to them (contact paper, laminates, glue, tape etc). This will entrap a whole bunch of destructive crap right up against your book over time. Also, this stuff can't be removed without damaging the books. People always do things like this to preserve books and paper and professional preservationists are always sighing over the damage.
If you have really expensive books that you want to protect, make or buy an archival quality box made of acid free board (you can google the instructions to make a good box. You can buy the board or a made box online at an archival supply store like Gaylord or at an art or good photo store IRL). Keep them in a cool, dry place, away from the light.
Store the books lying down if you can to distribute weight as much as possible. Don't open them too much, and when you do open them, do it with clean hands and keep them open at an angle, not all the way to 180.
If you really want to read these books, then try a paper cover, and just be careful when you open them, don't force the spine. But if they are really expensive things you want to preserve long term, get a cheaper copy for every day.
Source: I'm an archivist. Also, check out Library of congress book storage guidelines http://www.loc.gov/preservation/care/books.html" target="_blank" target="_blank
After reading that, Frederica, you'll be glad to hear that I've removed the plastic cover from the Langdon book. The book looks so much nicer without all that plastic covering it. I can put that book away — and dirty a new one now.
Somewhere a long moribund part of my brain breathes a sigh of relief. As you can see, though, book collecting is not for sissies. There came a time when, in the course of carefully protecting a book jacket and storing the collectible book flat in a dust free humidity controlled environment while reading the second copy I bought for that purpose, I said "wait a minute, who owns who here?" And then I sold many of them for a lot of money and have never looked back.
You can probably find a happy medium, though.