How I Cover/Protect Paperback Books


Hey everyone this is Mary over here an image
on the page and today I’m going to show you how I cover my paperback books so
whether they’re like the mass-market paperback or the taller versions I have
two well I’m I cover them the same so I’m just gonna go ahead and show you I
cover them to protect them at least in my mind I don’t know if it actually does
anything so I hope this works that makes sense
um because this is kind of a weird satellite just have two tray tables
stacked on top of each other and my camera attached to that so the first
thing is the contact keeper I actually use this I get them bowls from really
dusty I get them both from Walmart these actually come like this it comes like
this long so it’s almost like the size of length of my arm and I cut it in half
so that it fits fits the mass-market paperback sizes always there’s just it’s
a lot of extra space that I got to cut off and this means I get double for the
money I think they’re like 4 to 7 bucks I can’t remember these ones I also found
at Walmart it’s the same thing contact paper may be slightly different
brand um this is a leg that comes in I like this link more for anything bigger
than mass-market paperback because they have a nice width because always as you
can see it gets if you use this one it’s come here there’s like no almost no to
go around these parts so I’m gonna do last market paperback first so what you
basically need is the books you’re gonna cover scissors and just your contact
paper the first thing I do is I just roughly um guess or like measure it so
what’s really cool about the contact paper it’s hard to see yeah it’s really her deceit is there’s
like lines it’s like a grid you can kind of get a straight line so what I like to
do is I give about two square links of extra space on each side just a little
it’s kind of a nice amount to go cuz it you’re gonna take it off and it’s gonna
wrap around the edge of the cover so you want some extra so it can actually have
a render grip then you just try to find the next two so if it comes to for the
straight line the best ability is mine is never straight so and then set aside
the next thing you do or at least this is how I do it instead of ripping it all
off and trying to place the book cuz I I just get it all crooked what I do is I
try to lift a cup a corner separate a corner a little bit maybe there we go
like this and I fold it back just like since I gave it an extra two square
links I fold it back like three square links and then so like if this is the
edge of mice contact paper I put the book facing away so it’s kind of what it
looks like and here I can so here’s the edge of the
contact paper and then so once you pull it off it follows the length of the book
see and then it’s fairly straight you don’t have to worry too much about
whether or not it’s super crooked on the edges and then I just bring it around
and I press it down so all the bubbles get out on both sides sometimes these
are hard because a lot of publishers like to use raised lettering which
creates a lot of tiny air pockets you use your finger sometimes I
use the edge of my scissors to get them up you know I’m just gonna use my
fingers well it’s really nice about this contact paper is once if you it’s really
easy to lift up like it doesn’t it sticks to the book but not like tape
might it won’t like rip the cover if you lift it up because it’s not that
sticky so then you can always lift it off if there’s air bubbles out over
there or it’s not quite if it’s folding over on itself so this is kind of what
it looks like without any of the edges cut and then what I do is I cut squares
into each of the corners of the contact paper just kind of in line with the line
of the cover and you can use smaller scissors if you want these are just the
scissors I had on hand manicure scissors are pretty good um so then you can kind
of see if you can there we go so you can kind of see the edges of that and then I
do the same I do the same on the back side obviously I gave this one a little
bit too much extra because the site is way longer than the other okay it
happens okay then once your corners are cut you
want to make sure to cut the UM parts around the spine because that you won’t
be able to fold it like these you’re gonna fold over and they’ll just stick
you’re not going to be able to do that for the spine because obviously it’s
attached to the pages so what I do is I just cut I don’t know
like maybe a quarter inch away from the spine I’m just in case there’s extra
glue and it sticks and stuff like that and then to get the closest cut possible
what I do is when your book is face-up you do the bottom spine and when it’s um
when it’s down side you do the top let’s face up this allows the scissors to lay
right along the edge of the book um so you don’t have any extra paper or extra
um like over like sloppy contact paper I’m kind of see it see there’s a clean
edge not really finish a second okay so there’s a clean edge no extra contact
paper or anything like that just it along the edge of the book and then when
it’s faced down I do the same to the top half of the spine waaah now all your edges are cut and
it’s the really easy part so like I have the top cut the bottom cut the corners
cut you just open it I try not to break the spine because I don’t see the point
do that if I’m not gonna just to cover it and I lay the UM top and bottom flaps
down first that’s just my preference I don’t know if there’s any real
difference and then I do the side edge the long edge I make sure not to pull
too too hard because if you do you could end up making it so the cover is a
little bent because you’re trying to force it so just cover it just pull it
to the edge and then usually if you press like this and I just go side to
side it works out really well there’s usually not too much of a bubble there
at the corner well and now I have a covered covered
book I also feel like it helps a bit your um why do this after I read it so
that doesn’t help but like if you reread them and you travel with them
definitely protects it um I don’t know if it does anything for the color of it
or anything like that but it just makes me feel better
so that was book 1 and now I’ll do one of the bigger books um the process isn’t
any different I just use this contact paper instead which has um which has
dots instead of the grids and it’s it’s honestly the same ways the way I do it
is I just take some and then I fold it over and then I pull it to where I need
it this one’s getting difficult so I’m
almost at the end do it to the best of your ability once again you just trying
to lift up any corner you can understand this one is getting to the Eddy’s makes it so it’s
extra curly more difficult is what my school is done so once again since I
want to I’m at least a full over I measure downs three to give it like one
space for the book to hold on to that one I’m pretty sure oh now when they’re
curly like this you have to be a bit more careful because it’s gonna want to
recur lon itself it means if it’s sticky it’ll stick to itself which really sucks
because this is not as bad as duck duct tape trying to get it to unstick from
itself but kind of like saran wrap it just doesn’t usually go well and then
because of the edges I always bring it to the edge I’m trying to press up so I
get as close as a stick as possible so once again here we have it without the
edges caught and now to do the same thing we did I usually do this when I’m
watching TV or something just because because it can be a little like once you
know how you’re doing it it can be a little tedious um so it’s nice to kind
of have something on in the background and then once again I’m going to do the
spine so for this point is already cut you can kind of see they’re separating
so when you cut the edges enzymes I’m on the back run like the synopsis and stuff
face then do the top half the spine and that seems counterintuitive but somehow
that’s the way it works because the UM outside part of the scissor can lay
right flat so you get the sharpest cut possible or the closest cut and then it doesn’t really matter what
side to do first cuz they both get the same treatment so I’d like to have it on
its side just because you’re not breaking the spine or anything like that
and then I do this part first Wow it is done so that is how I cover my
books for peace of mind I guess for production I like I said I don’t do
hardcover books just because I’d only be doing the UM dust jackets and that would
be very difficult because these at least have some weight to them to hold the
sticky paper down the other ones the dust jackets don’t well until the next
video Tata for now

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12 thoughts on “How I Cover/Protect Paperback Books”

  1. フィリップ says:

    Perfect! Just what i was looking for!
    Thanks for the upload, tips & explanation

  2. m m says:

    Fantastic information !! Thank you :)) You save me sooo much frustration … best M

  3. nalini lal says:

    I learnt something new! Awesome thanks 😊

  4. Alvster Lucas says:

    Yeah I have tons of beloved Stephen King paperbacks (can’t afford hardbacks) that I was trying to figure out how to protect them as I do go back and reread after awhile. Thanks for sharing this. I’m gonna slowly do this one by one of my SK books 😅

  5. R. Witbier says:

    Thank you for your video!

  6. Mia Abad says:

    Yay! This helped me so much! Thank you!

  7. Chauncey Slánský-Dubček says:

    Thank you for sharing! Do you know the thickness of the contact paper?

  8. Isabel Williams says:

    Thank you this is perfect and inexpensive.

  9. Eponine Reads says:

    I know you want to save money every body does but don't go to Walmart. They are destroynig other businesses. not only that but in the long run you will have to pay in some other way.

  10. LZ129 Brazil says:

    Very helpful video, the first fold and cut is scary, I need more practice, nice organized work space too. I'm a "pilot", I pile things here and pile things there… I'm working on changing that too. Thanks.

  11. Wud Pecker says:


  12. Borja Pérez says:

    Oh my gosh I have the same exact plastic bowl with Meeko on it!!

    Thanks for the tutorial 🙂

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