Whenever times get tight, the first casualties of budget cuts usually have something to do with either education or the arts. Schools and libraries are often the ones that get the worse treatment, getting the short end of the stick over and over again. With tight budgets, it becomes difficult to not just buy new books, but replace the old ones, especially paperbacks that don’t last nearly as long as a hardcover book. However, libraries (both public and school) can get some help from Powis Parker Fastback. A Fastback machine makes it possible for libraries to repair paperbacks, so they can save time and money. This article will look at the ways in which libraries can benefit from having access to a Fastback machine.
Trade paperback books are awesome. They are lightweight, portable, often have better cover art than the hardcover edition, and they’re inexpensive. A large part of their appeal for both readers and librarians is the fact that paperbacks are so inexpensive, especially when compared to their hardcover counterparts. However, because they’re inexpensive, paperbacks just can’t hold up to repeated handling the way a hardcover book can. This is because after a paperback has been read several times, the book can start losing pages and then the cover and spine start separating. The reason for this is because the book block isn’t pressed fully into the glue during binding. However, you can fix this problem with your Fastback machine. Here’s how!
- Set aside the brand new books so your patrons and students can’t read the books before they’ve been through the Fastback machine.
- Turn on your Fastback machine and put it in editing mode. Don’t let the word “editing” scare you. You’re not going to be adding or removing any pages. All you’ll be doing is heating up the book’s glue so you can use it again.
- After your machine has fully warmed up, you are ready to get started. Put one of the books in the machine’s throat. (Depending on the size of the books and the model of your machine, you might be able to work with two books at once.) Press the machine’s start button to have the editing mode kick in. This will cause your Fastback machine to heat up the glue.
- When the editing cycle is complete, remove the book and firmly tap the spine on a hard surface. This will make the book block settle down in the glue.
- After your books have cooled off, they can be used again by students and other bookworms. That’s all there is to it. And it’s pretty good that this process only takes a couple of minutes and will increase a book’s lifespan by 50% or so.
- If you have other books with loose covers, you can follow this same process to fix them. You can also rebind books with missing pages with PerfectBack strips or using the tape binding function of your Fastback machine.
If you follow these simple steps, you’ll be able to keep your library’s books in great shape so they can be used for a long time. You’ll also save money because you won’t need to replace old books. So start using your Fastback machine to repair your old books today!