Books are a valuable asset for those who love reading. Looking at any of the books you put on the bookshelf, you will remember a memory or experience that may have given you a new perspective on life. Although many people today read books in electronic form, there are those who do not want to lose the pure experience of flipping through books, underlining influential subtitles, and annotating around them at any cost. If you are one of these people, do not miss the rest of this article. In the following, we want to introduce you to practical bookkeeping solutions that will help you to avoid these valuable assets over the years. Stay with us.
In order to be able to keep your books in perfect shape, you need to pay attention to two important and basic points:
- What to do when removing books from the shelf and reading them so that the book is not damaged.
- After removing the book and putting it on the shelf, what should be considered so that the books retain their original form and, in a sense, their head does not fall apart and they do not lose their original color.
In the following, you will read in two sections practical tips for achieving these goals.
Part 1: Tips on how to take care of the book while reading
1. Wash and clean the hands before removing the book from the shelf
Washing and cleaning the hands before removing the paper book from the shelf and starting to read is one of the most important and basic points related to bookkeeping. Stains that fall on the pages of a book are irreversible and cannot be cleaned. So in addition to washing your hands while reading the book, it is better to avoid putting food or drink around it so that they do not accidentally stain the book. Be sure to consider the following two points:
- Avoid dipping your fingers in saliva to flip through books;
- If the book you are reading is old and valuable, or has thin sheets, flip through it with cotton gloves.
2. Avoid placing large or bulky bookmarks between pages
A bookmark, also recently used to refer to a bookmark, is something you put between pages after reading to start reading the next time you leave the book.
Large, bulky markers can damage both the head and the pages of a book. We recommend using a thin piece of paper or cotton tape instead.
Just do not turn the corners of the book for marking after you have finished reading. It is quite clear that by doing this, the page in question will never return to its previous state.
3. Care and maintenance of turning the book
The back of your paper book, whether it is a hardback or a paperback, holds the pages together with glue or the thread that the binders use to sew them (or a combination of the two). Is.). We recommend that you do not put too much pressure on the top of the book when opening and flipping through the pages. Especially if your book is hardcover, which will greatly increase the risk of head injury.
4. Browse the book carefully and delicately
Do this carefully and carefully when flipping through books. This is especially true for books that you deal with a lot. The pages of the book automatically become bitten and damaged over the years. Now, if you flip through the book carelessly and hurriedly, they are much more likely to be worn out or wrinkled.
5. Holding the book with both hands while reading
This is another important and basic point related to the care and maintenance of the book, which minimizes the possibility of damaging the sheets and the top of the book. If this is difficult for you due to the volume and weight of the book, we recommend that you place the book on the table or place it between your legs while reading. Another solution is to use a book holder. Be sure to consider the following two points:
- Avoid bending and turning the covers of paperback books. Doing so will derail the book and minimize the possibility of your book returning to its original state;
- If you have a valuable and old book that you have to go to a lot for any reason, you can make one or two copies or copies of it so that the original book remains as intact as possible.
6. Sending rare and delicate books to bookbinders
If you have a rare and valuable book that has been damaged for some reason over the years and has lost its former shape, you can send it to a bookbinder. This is the best way you can keep your valuable book.
Part 2: Tips on how to take care of books on library shelves
1. Place the books on the shelf vertically and perfectly flat
The books you put on the bookshelf should not be too close together or overlap. In this case, it is possible to damage different parts of the book, including the cover and the head.
It is better that the books that you put next to each other on the shelf are almost the same height and size.
Considering the following two points can also help you to keep the book on the shelf in this regard:
- Instead of placing the books vertically, as an alternative, they can be stacked horizontally on top of each other. Of course, if you do this, try not to put too much weight on the books;
- When you want to take a book out of the shelf, push the two books around it a little bit and take it out by grabbing the middle part of the book head. Pulling out the book by grabbing the top or bottom of the headpiece will damage it over time;
2. Avoid exposing books to direct sunlight or hot, unsuitable weather
Sunlight, heat and humidity are three important factors that will eventually cause the pages and covers of your valuable books to burn out. Therefore, as far as possible, choose an environment for storing the book that is far from these three factors.
- Moisture will double the chance of mold growing on the book. If you live in a humid environment and you see mold on the cover of the book, wipe the mold off the cover with a completely dry towel and leave the book in the sun for 30 to 45 minutes (but not more than that, in which case the cover of the book may be stained. Lose the original.);
- Another solution is to make a cover or fabric cover for your delicate and valuable books and put the book in these volumes. You can also put valuable and old books in special storage boxes to avoid damage due to exposure to the sun and moisture.
Never cover books with plastic. Placing the book in plastic covers will expose it to damage and sting.
3. Take care of the book by cleaning it in a regular manner
Keep in mind that no matter how ideal and flawless the condition of your bookkeeping may be, it is likely that the books will wear out over time and lose their original color. Therefore, it is better to visit your personal library once in a while and dust the books with a clean, completely dry cloth or cloth.
4. Avoid placing books in the basement, attic and places like this
It was mentioned earlier that light, room temperature and humidity will have a great impact on the care and maintenance of the book in the long run. Some people are accustomed to moving their old and sometimes valuable books, which they no longer have much to do with, to shelves in the basement or something like that.
We do not recommend doing this at all; Because usually such an atmosphere does not have one or more of the above factors. Such places are either too hot, or too humid, or too dry and cold. None of these conditions are conducive to bookkeeping.
in the end
Whether you are a bookworm or not, you should know that books are valuable human assets and may be the only things that can be used to truly pass on the glorious and precious human knowledge, experiences and feelings from one generation to the next. By following the material and tips you read about in this article, you can keep your valuable paper books in perfect condition and have a complete and comprehensive library for yourself and your children for many years to come. Perhaps a child will be motivated and eager to learn more about the history and culture of his or her nation and the world by looking at the books that he or she has kept clean and tidy on the shelf, and to have the opportunity to become a better and more pious human being.
what is your opinion? To what extent do you think the tips and advice mentioned in the article will be effective for the care and maintenance of the book? Do you agree with keeping paper books at home at all, or do you think electronic copies are a good alternative to these books?
What do you do to maintain your valuable books and what strategies do you recommend?
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