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Nathan Ballingrud
Posted on Sunday, August 27, 2006 - 08:53 am:   

This is a problem I've had from time to time over the past few years, particularly with hardcover books from indie presses: they warp. Not all of them, but enough to be upsetting.

I figure it has something to do with temperature fluctuations, and I'd hoped that when I moved from New Orleans to North Carolina the problem would go away. No such luck. I pulled out Nick Mamatas's MOVE UNDER GROUND from my shelf the other day and was dismayed to see that the front cover was trying to reach over and touch itself.

Gah! Why does this happen? What can I do?
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Nathan Ballingrud
Posted on Sunday, August 27, 2006 - 04:34 pm:   

Well, I'm going to have to try the second option, because the place I rent has no AC. Dammit!
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Monday, August 28, 2006 - 07:43 am:   

How about plopping some Brodart covers on the dust jackets?
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Ed Sinkovits
Posted on Monday, August 28, 2006 - 10:08 am:   

I would agree that it is a heat and humidity problem. I live in a cooler dry climate and have never had this problem. I do have air conditioning for the summer months when heat/humidity can become a problem.

Brodart covers will do nothing for you as far as this problem is concerned.
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John William Thiel
Posted on Friday, September 29, 2006 - 07:54 am:   

Books are going to warp. No problem.
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William Lexner
Posted on Sunday, October 22, 2006 - 09:23 am:   

It's all in the humidity. If you're going to collect books, you simply *must* have climate control.

And having lived in North Carolina for years in the Marine Corps, and being incredibly poor while doing so, I must ask how you managed to find a place without air conditioning. Even the poorest of poor trailers (200/month) have central air.

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