Caring for your Paperback Textbooks

Caring for your Paperback Textbooks

By now you may have figured out that just because a textbook is a paperback one doesn’t mean it’s also inexpensive. If you’ve recently paid a high price for a paperback book, you no doubt want to get as much money as you can when you sell it back. This can require you to take extra precautions since paperback textbooks are especially prone to stains or binding breakdown.Try not to expose your books to extreme temperatures. This is especially true of high heat because it can cause the glue inside the binding to break down. Even so, you want to avoid very cold conditions because this can cause the spine to crack or break. Bring your books inside rather than leaving them in your car and never ever put them on the dashboard where they will be exposed to direct sunlight. If you absolutely must leave them in the car, slide them underneath one of your front seats to give them as much protection as possible. This will also deter thieves who might be roaming your campus looking for textbooks they can sell for quick cash.

Water stains are nearly impossible to remove from paperback covers. Likewise, if you spill food or drinks on the book, it will likely be marked permanently. If you like to have snacks or drinks around while you study, it could be worthwhile to buy a waterproof cover for your textbook. This can also help keep the cover looking fresh and avoid the natural fading that can happen over time.