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    Does anyone know where can I purchase those transparent films that protect the dustjackets?

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    Ari - try www.brodart.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ari_Racing View Post
    Does anyone know where can I purchase those transparent films that protect the dustjackets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ari_Racing View Post
    Does anyone know where can I purchase those transparent films that protect the dustjackets?

    Thanks!
    Ari,

    The Brodart site is a little difficult to navigate in my opinion.

    Here is the direct link to the covers I use.

    Brodart Fold-On® Archival

    I keep two or three sizes on hand, and like to use a cover that is a little longer than the dust jacket itself to make sure it is completely covered.

    The height of the cover is never exactly the height of the just jacket, so just use a slightly taller cover and fold it down. It takes some practice, but is not too difficult.
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    All this GREAT information should be moved to its own thread in the Collecting Tutorials forum. It'll be a lot easier to find then.

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    Information on protective covers for your collectible books.

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    I just covered my copy of Just After Sunset, and used Brodart # 10-426-005.

    This size (10" x 23") fits most of my Stephen King Scribner editions.
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    For those in the UK, D&M Packaging Supplies Ltd are great for Brodart covers, and they also do great covers for paperbacks.

    http://www.care4books.com/packaging/page.asp

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    Is there a very easy how-to, for those of us that are no good with our hands? I can never fold stuff right.

    I'm wanting to get these protective covers for all my books, but how to order what I need? It's a tad confusing...

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    Pablo,

    Just go to Brodart Fold-On® Archival, and buy a 25-pack of Brodart # 10-426-005 to give them a try.

    It will only cost you $10.75 plus shipping.

    These will fit most or all of your Stephen King U.S. first Editions.

    If you like them, you can go back and buy different sizes and larger quantities.

    They really are not too difficult to put on.
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    You can also get vinyl covering - even at Walmart - that you can use for table cloths as covers for your books. My mom used those for years for our schoolbooks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tippy4 View Post
    Pablo,

    Just go to Brodart Fold-On® Archival, and buy a 25-pack of Brodart # 10-426-005 to give them a try.

    It will only cost you $10.75 plus shipping.

    These will fit most or all of your Stephen King U.S. first Editions.

    If you like them, you can go back and buy different sizes and larger quantities.

    They really are not too difficult to put on.
    Thanks. Since these fit most US first editions, what does that meant in terms of book thickness? Can the same be applied to It or The Stand Uncut and also Pet Sematary? What about smaller-sized books, like The Girl Who Love Tom Gordon, for instance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyHitchhiker View Post
    You can also get vinyl covering - even at Walmart - that you can use for table cloths as covers for your books. My mom used those for years for our schoolbooks.
    I don't know how well that'd be in terms of acid neutrality....

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo View Post
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    Pablo,

    Just go to Brodart Fold-On® Archival, and buy a 25-pack of Brodart # 10-426-005 to give them a try.

    It will only cost you $10.75 plus shipping.

    These will fit most or all of your Stephen King U.S. first Editions.

    If you like them, you can go back and buy different sizes and larger quantities.

    They really are not too difficult to put on.
    Thanks. Since these fit most US first editions, what does that meant in terms of book thickness? Can the same be applied to It or The Stand Uncut and also Pet Sematary? What about smaller-sized books, like The Girl Who Love Tom Gordon, for instance?
    I think that size would fit The Stand Uncut and Pet Sematary, but the only way to know for sure would be to measure the DJ.

    I used a smaller size on my copy of TGWLTG, but you could use the size I mentioned above and just fold it down, and trim the long side.

    Me, I keep two or three sizes just for that reason, but 90% of the ones I use are the size I mentioned above.
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    Thanks, I'm gonna go ahead and just order fifty. That should cover (pardon the pun) most of my King books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e_taylor View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by LadyHitchhiker View Post
    You can also get vinyl covering - even at Walmart - that you can use for table cloths as covers for your books. My mom used those for years for our schoolbooks.
    I don't know how well that'd be in terms of acid neutrality....
    Good point. I have no clue. Anyone else know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by e_taylor View Post
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    You can also get vinyl covering - even at Walmart - that you can use for table cloths as covers for your books. My mom used those for years for our schoolbooks.
    I don't know how well that'd be in terms of acid neutrality....
    I'm not sure that the currently available dust jacket covers (like Bro-Dart and others) are completely acid neutral. They are not made of mylar and don't claim to be of archival quality.

    I once discussed this over the phone with L. W. Currey. I had bought a copy of a pretty rare book with an even rarer dust jacket and it arrived with the dj unprotected. I asked him about putting it in a Bro-Dart cover. He replied "Are you sure it is acid-free?" Of course I wasn't sure.

    I think that these should be used for dust jacket protection but we shouldn't fool ourselves into thinking they are completely safe.

    Any chemists or archivists out there who can give us a definitive answer?

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    The Brodart site says they are archival.

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    I know theres archival and non-archival from most companies. Brodart used to use acetate, which is acid neutral, but stopped probably 10 years ago in lieu of mylar (which I have no clue about as to its pH level). As far as I know, the only brand that still uses acetate is Gaylord.

    http://www.gaylordmart.com/adblock.a...81DAACC311A6BA

    Although they describe it as polyester....

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlosdetweiller View Post
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    You can also get vinyl covering - even at Walmart - that you can use for table cloths as covers for your books. My mom used those for years for our schoolbooks.
    I don't know how well that'd be in terms of acid neutrality....
    I'm not sure that the currently available dust jacket covers (like Bro-Dart and others) are completely acid neutral. They are not made of mylar and don't claim to be of archival quality.

    I once discussed this over the phone with L. W. Currey. I had bought a copy of a pretty rare book with an even rarer dust jacket and it arrived with the dj unprotected. I asked him about putting it in a Bro-Dart cover. He replied "Are you sure it is acid-free?" Of course I wasn't sure.

    I think that these should be used for dust jacket protection but we shouldn't fool ourselves into thinking they are completely safe.

    Any chemists or archivists out there who can give us a definitive answer?
    I'm neither, but a brief search yielded some results. Apparently there are archival quality bro-darts that have no printing on the paper backing because the ink used on the others is not acid free (nor is the adhesive on these). The polyester used is however. The archival quality bro-darts use PH neutral adhesive and no ink thus eliminating that problem.
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    The description of the archival Brodart covers says "Acid-free; chemically inert; will not yellow or crack with age"

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo View Post
    The description of the archival Brodart covers says "Acid-free; chemically inert; will not yellow or crack with age"
    I've been buying Demco for years without ever paying much attention to anything except size. I've never given much thought to what they are made of.

    Now I see (from the catalog) that they are billed as "Archival-safe" whatever that means.

    But they also offer (in another section) jacket covers that are acid-free but cost about twice as much. These are probably what I should be using.

    One thing I am certain of: I am NOT replacing all my old dust jacket covers with new ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlosdetweiller View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pablo View Post
    The description of the archival Brodart covers says "Acid-free; chemically inert; will not yellow or crack with age"
    I've been buying Demco for years without ever paying much attention to anything except size. I've never given much thought to what they are made of.

    Now I see (from the catalog) that they are billed as "Archival-safe" whatever that means.

    But they also offer (in another section) jacket covers that are acid-free but cost about twice as much. These are probably what I should be using.

    One thing I am certain of: I am NOT replacing all my old dust jacket covers with new ones.
    I'm not suggesting you do it all at once, but maybe it would be worth doing gradually a little at a time....at least with those items that are irreplaceable?


    Apparently archival safe just equals no ink and acid neutral adhesive. The polyester I believe is essentially the same (maybe thicker).
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    I buy my dustjacket covers from Gaylord :

    http://www.gaylordmart.com/adblock.a...for=s1000&mpc=

    For most of my King books, I use the item # S10000

    I also buy Large Mylar plastic bags for my art books that are in slipcases. To protect the slipcase from dust and fingerprints in addition to the dustjacket cover.

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