How to Rescue a Water-Damaged Book: A Short, Handy Primer (video)

We all know how to use the rice trick to recover a waterlogged gadget (hint: oatmeal works better), but have you ever had to revive a book from a watery demise?

The Syracuse University Libraries published the above visual primer where they share a few of the tricks - some obvious, some less so -  they use to repair library books that have been returned in less than pristine condition.

The various methods to back to new - or at least extremely close - include blotting with paper towels or air-drying to using a freezer or a dehumidifier. The lattr is not mentioned in this video, but I have one for my basement and it works okay for drying out paper books.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

4 Comments on How to Rescue a Water-Damaged Book: A Short, Handy Primer (video)

  1. Interesting… does it work with a kindle Paperwhite? 😛

  2. Wow! I had no idea you could bring a book back to life like that. I wish I had know about this before I ruined my book by the pool on holiday recently. Question – would the dehumidifier work better than the fan? Or equally as good?

  3. How about papers that a naughty cat urinated on ??

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