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.

eBookFriendly

About Nate Hoffelder (11037 Articles)

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 ??

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.


*