Writers are die-hard readers first and foremost, and we know how to properly store books.
In fact, we probably buy more books than the average reader, and many of us have massive home libraries.
Whether you’re talking an online bookseller or a brick and mortar store, we find it had to pass them by without browsing the sale books, new releases, and collectibles.
I’ve written before about how to remove the smell from books one may buy in a musty used book store. Today, I thought I’d talk about how to store books properly. At the end of this post, I’ll even talk about the proper storage of ebooks since so many of us now prefer to read those because of convenience and the inexpensive price point.
Print Books Rule
If you’re like me, you have a considerable financial investment in printed books that comprise your home library. Actually, according to recent book sale statistics, softcover and hardcover print books are rising in popularity.
I’ve lost many readers because they tell me they read only print. They love the feel of the printed pages, and digital just doesn’t give them the same feel. (I plan to get all my backlist in new print editions by the end of January 2020 if not before.)
Our personal book collections are more valuable than we realize. If you add up the amount you have invested in your personal library, you might be stunned by the tally. Protect your library by storing your books properly.
5 Tips on Storing Your Print Books
1. Store books upright to prevent warping. It’s always best to completely fill the book shelf so they are supported on each end. If you don’t have enough books to do this, be sure to use strong bookends.
2. Keep food and beverages away from books because insects, along with heat and humidity, are a book’s worst enemies. Cockroaches, silverfish, and carpet beetle larvae, better known as—you guessed it—the bookworm are attracted to the smallest residue of nutrients. Keep your books clean, cool, dry, and nutrient-free.
3. Use bookmarks to hold your place in a book. (Roses are not appropriate bookmarks.) Do not dog ear the page (I am so guilty of this!) or lay the book down, open-faced (Sigh. I do this too.) which will damage the spine of the book.
4. Books aren’t double-jointed. Never “crack” one open, that is, don’t force it open past its own natural angle.
5. The purpose of the dust jacket, the paper cover that comes on hardbacks, is to keep the book from becoming soiled and to protect it from wear and tear. Never discard it because if you think you may hang on to it as a collectible, the lack of a dust cover lowers its value.
It’s okay to remove the dust jacket, as long as you follow Rule #2, so as not to tatter it while reading the book, but return it to the book when you finish reading.
How To Store Ebooks
Stuff as many as possible into your selected digital reading device as often as possible. You’ll find hundreds available from the Authors of Authors Billboard. Just look at the Home Page for some suggestions and subscribe to our Friday weekly newsletter to see new releases and ebooks on sale.
*LOL* Okay, that’s not really a rule, but an ereader stores your ebooks without your doing much more than downloading the ebook. Plus, you don’t have to dust the books on your digital shelf. Anything that gets me out of dusting is a good thing.
For your consideration, try my romantic comedy Just One Look.
Here’s what a recent Review said: “This story gripped me and didn’t let go. I finished it in five hours! It was fast-paced and filled with emotion and very HOT moments. The hero — Matt — is delicious and sweet. And confident. Very enjoyable read.”
Seriously, it’s never too late to learn the proper way to do something. Make new book handling habits today and teach them to your children.
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Joan Reeves—Keeping Romance Alive…One Sexy Book at a Time—is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. From Romantic Comedy to Romantic Thriller, all of her books have the same premise: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.” Joan lives her happily-ever-after with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State. They divide their time between a book-cluttered home in Houston and a quiet house in the Texas Hill Country where they sit on the porch, stare at the big night sky, and listen to the coyotes howl. Sign up for Joan’s Mailing List and be the first to know about new books and giveaways.