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Tykeanaut
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posted 01-22-2013 03:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I currently have all my autographed books in a bookcase in a fairly dark room. Do you think they should be stored in a box though to protect them from any UV light damage? It just seems a shame not to have them on show though.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 01-22-2013 05:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Display!

I have 200 (estimated!) signed books currently in a glass fronted cabinet. I have coated the glass with anti-UV window film that reduces UV by ~98%. It's £20 well spent as I'd hate to have the books hidden away.

Dave Clow
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posted 01-22-2013 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Clow   Click Here to Email Dave Clow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Three suggestions, at the risk of saying the obvious:
  1. Mylar covers over the dust jackets

  2. No direct sunlight

  3. Shelve the books stacked flat, not standing up. Prolonged upright shelving can be damaging, especially for heavy books.

jvertrees
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posted 01-22-2013 01:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jvertrees   Click Here to Email jvertrees     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I totally agree with Dave above. I stress the stack flat, the heavy books will damage the spine simply by their own weight in a fairly short period of time. That is how I store my books. Most are also in a case with glass doors, some are not as over the years the collection has spilled over.

I like the suggestion of the UV protection as well, I'm going to look into that.

I do also have a fair about of art in the house so when I bought windows I did get UV protection on the house windows.

I find the Mylar covers and the no direct sun light works very well. Some books are decades old and the spine color is just as bright as the covers when I pull one to look something up or read.

fredtrav
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posted 01-22-2013 02:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Display them. What good are they sitting in boxes. I agree with the mylar covers(even though many of mine are not in covers). I do not lay mine flat, but will investigate that. Mine are turned away from sunlight. I do handle mine as I do read them, but I handle them gently.

dogcrew5369
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posted 01-22-2013 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by fredtrav:
Display them.
I concur. I rarely handle my collection and I do display them in the stacked position on a bookshelf in a corner away from light. Also if I happen to be reading one I never take it out of the house just for further protection.

JBoe
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posted 11-19-2014 11:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm still unpacking from this spring's move and have a couple of signed books and wanted to display them. I saw this thread and would like to know or what type of mylar dust cover is recommended and where I could go to get them. I know "bagsunlimited" are suggested for sheet protectors for autograph photos, is this "the go to place" for dust covers too? Thanks!

Sam Que
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posted 11-19-2014 01:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sam Que   Click Here to Email Sam Que     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Found the covers at Bags Unlimited. Plan on purchasing some for my books.

JasonB
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posted 11-19-2014 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I get my books signed on the cover photo/dustjacket. They look fantastic. You can actually display them, and they are about 10,000 times more unique (and nicer) than copies signed on the inside. Every time I ask an astronaut to do this they act like no one has ever asked them to sign it there before. Honestly I find it astonishing more people don't do that.

I've never understood the attraction of having a book signed on the inside. There is no way to "display" a book signed like that. Want to show it off to someone? "Oh hold on while I open it to the right page" (SNOOZE).

JBoe
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posted 11-19-2014 03:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've never even thought of having them sign the dust cover! You are right, they are unique and do look great! My wife got one of the Deadliest Catch, F/V Northwestern's crewmember sign the front of his book and it does look really nice.

neo1022
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posted 11-19-2014 05:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for neo1022   Click Here to Email neo1022     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The best archival dust cover jackets for books are made by Brodart. Just google their website and select the size you want...

JBoe
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posted 11-20-2014 06:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All this knowledge and information is great! Although, the slip covers (for multiple use of the book) look the easiest to apply unlike the more permanent "adhesive" for books to "look at." I guess either method would work, but what about yellowing of the pages? With that, would the "boxed" method be better or overkill?

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 11-20-2014 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by JasonB:
I've never understood the attraction of having a book signed on the inside. There is no way to "display" a book signed like that.
Depends on the book. For "Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years" I've now realized the value of having the astronaut sign their essay or a photo showing them, or of a relevant photo.

As for display, to each his own. My "display" is of people gently looking at the pages as they sign or get the astronaut to sign, and they are always amazed, not snoozing.

Besides - it would be difficult to get 178 signatures on the dust jacket. Before I hit on getting the astronauts to sign a relevant page, I had them sign the title pages, or in the case of the Discovery transfer, just one page because it was easier than flipping through pages. I've never gotten more than 16 or 17 signatures on a page, especially in a scrum...

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