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Brodart's prices direct from the company are quite inexpensive. Do note that there are several iteration, most of which boil down to personal preference. One significant difference-for those who are serious about the long-term value/protection of their books-is that Brodart offers an "Archival Quality" sleeve. These are pH neutral and do not included inked branding.
Anyone feel like weighing in on the best way to protect soft-bound books (I think it's called "in wrappers" in english, right?).
I have a bunch of semi-rare children's books from the early 60's in wrappers and with untrimmed edges, and I'm looking for the best way to protect them.
Often when a book comes in it gets a fresh cover which affords the opportunity to examine all parts of the jacket and book cover. Former library books are a chlasenge because of the propensity to glue the jacket covers to the inside fixed endpapers. Still, even these look 100% better with a fresh cover.
Paperbacks are harder to protect. At the shop we used 3 mil and 5 mil Mylar to make a plastic dust jacket for special books. To give an idea of the cost of materials and labor, we charged $3 and $5 to cover books for collectors.
Likewise, more often than not when I buy a book that's been mylar jacketed already I discard the dealer's jacket and put on my own, as I like them just so. I don't have the energy to mylar all my jackets but I do a fair number, anything actually collectible or that really needs one, aesthetically or sentimentally...
Also Brodart have 20% of sales fairly regularly if you are on their web mailing list.
I don't like the one design they have with the perforated folds at the top I prefer to do my own folding to size.
When I sell Hardcovers (in my capacity as book dealer) I almost always Brodart them prior to selling them. I generally believe that every book is collectible to someone, and therefore they deserve respect. In the case of Fine copies it helps keep them that way, and for beat up copies, they're finally getting some tlc from someone, and I'm sure the buyers appreciate it (I know I always do when someone has made the effort).
At a booksale I recently picked up several Marvin Kaye anthologies of weird/horror stuff for my personal collection, most with Gorey covers. The books had not been looked after and stored poorly, but I Brodarted them, and they are now getting looked after properly.
I have started to cover all my hard cover books with DJ, even the ones that are ripped because I have had them 30+ years and they were mailed across the country several time and did not get the care they deserved. They have a history with our family and so I will always keep them. As I learn I am taking better care of the books.
I am getting ready to build bookshelves into the wall and when someone pointed out that direct sunlight will fad a book it changed where I am going to build the bookshelves in one of the rooms.
I have also come to prefer hardcover books, although some of the series I enjoy only come in paperback and so I buy them as well but have not found an acceptable way to cover them.
If a book comes in with an old, dull, or poorly fitted jacket protector, we put on a new one and it is amazing how much nicer they look and feel as a result.
When we bought copies of our Lulu.com print on demand copies of Edward Stratemeyer books to offer at a book fair recently, we covered all of them even though they were brand-new items. We wanted to keep them that way. I know from past and recent experience how even the tiniest blemish can make a book seem less or undesirable.
When we bought the large coffee table version of The Illustrated Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy we went through all of the copies in the bookstore to find one that was as nice as possible. It would be nice if that publisher had shrinkwrapped them to protect the silvery hologram jacket and the bookstore could have opened just one as a sample. Unprotected, they were prone to scratches and spine creases.
Of course, after going through all of that care to select such an item, it is painful to see how they are mishandled by the cashiers trying to deactivate the anti-theft RFID devices by rubbing them back and forth or peeling back the paperback cover to get to the ISBN-13 barcode.
On early jackets or books that are significant, the presence of the jacket can mean a great deal to the value. The most extreme example I can think of is Tarzan of the Apes as a first printing published by A.C. McClurg. A very good (8/10) copy without a jacket has sold for US$2,000.00. Copies with VG dust jackets (also by McClurg) have sold for US$50,00.00. Hence, in that case, the jacket represents $48,000 or the $50,000 or 96%.
Some books are unsellable without a jacket. This is especially true of findable books such as many modern first printings.
Jackets are worth protecting. In decades past there was advice given by decorators to remove jackets since the fragile paper items were hard to care for and keep nice. Of course, some of these same people thought that the best way to shelve books was to do so by size and color, regardless the content, for the aesthetic appeal.