r ranson wrote:I'm not sure how comfortable I would find clear packing tape next to my skin. I'm a slow reader so it would be many hours handling it. I wish there was some sort of cloth tape I could put on it.
How about this tape?
Self Adhesive Cloth Gum Tape for Book Binding
Can I just put this horizontally across the bottom of the spine where it's starting to split?
Jennie Little wrote:Get a bottle of fabric glue from a fabric store or craft shop. Take the page carefully put the glue on the edge where the binding should be and replace it as well you can where it belongs. Don't flatten the other pages to get the loose page in, more will fall out. The glue will spread -- the pages will stick together. If you overdo the glue, you can make it unreadable. You can put wax paper in the book on the pages on each side. But again, if you put too much glue on, it will spread and UNDER the wax paper, so I usually omit that. When you have the glue where you want it and not, as much as possible. Weight down the book for at least 3 days, better a week. Don't examine it. Let the glue cure.
It's fussy work. It is rarely really successful.
I read books the way you do, sort of, I spread the pages so that I can hold it open with one hand. But paperbacks are bound with a binding glue put on one edge, almost exactly like a pad of paper. The glue/binding just can't stand being bent a lot. Try altering how far you open the pages maybe a little? I can't talk to how well/badly modern paperbacks hold up as compared to old ones, because I rarely if ever buy new paperbacks. I own 1,000s of old ones. Some fall apart, some don't. But don't fold back the covers and crease them, don't open the book to the middle and flatten it. A hardcover with its signatures, stitching, etc. can stand that. A paperback can't. It's a lump of sheets of paper with some glue put on one side and a piece of cover stock glued on at the same time. They're actually pretty fragile.
Lorinne Anderson wrote:Clear packing tape is how I fixed that on several of mine. Initially down the spine, then folded excess smooth on each side. Liked it so much I ended up doing spine and both front and back covers on a bunch of my most used paperbacks.