New paperback book's cover has disgusting rubbery texture

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07 Apr 2017, 7:32 pm

Brand new paperback book's cover has disgusting rubbery texture.
HOW does one do that with a Paperback???????????????
It arrived from Amazon earlier today along with 2 other books.
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07 Apr 2017, 8:06 pm

LOl, its kinda funny because most people don't seem to care much about textures of books let alone scents, but I have always cared about those details. As a child I always used to smell books a lot, I still do it sometimes now but not as much...and I am usually very aware of a books texture and if I like it or not.

I got a set of the books they based the show Game of Thrones on, and they have leathery covers(doubt its real leather) and thin pages...lol honestly look like miniature bibles. I remember one time on of my friends even honestly asked me all shocked 'are you reading the bible?' As I certainly don't hide the fact I am Not a christian...so I had to show him it was Game of Thrones. Anyways I quite like the feel of them.

What sort of nasty rubbery texture like gummy or like something that's horribly unpleasant to run your fingernails across? Maybe you can write a review of how terrible the texture is on the ebay feedback.


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07 Apr 2017, 11:25 pm

Sweetleaf wrote:
What sort of nasty rubbery texture like gummy or like something that's horribly unpleasant to run your fingernails across? Maybe you can write a review of how terrible the texture is on the ebay feedback.

It is like those rubber gloves for housekeeping and dish washing.
Book came from Amazon so I wrote review there.


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09 Apr 2017, 3:53 pm

I think I've handled a book with that same cover material. Sort of tacky, like a rubber stress toy. I think it was back when I volunteered in a library. I guess the idea was that a plasticised cover protects a book that you use for reference a lot. This book, though, had dust permanently stuck all over it, which looked all the worse because the cover was black.


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11 Apr 2017, 1:37 pm

a lot of newer paperback books have that (source: i used to work at a library).
it truly is a horrible texture.

i suppose its use is to better protect the cover of the book from things like water damage.

...but i question if the awful texture is actually worth it haha



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11 Apr 2017, 4:46 pm

I've seen some rubbery books because I used to work at a bookstore. Aesthetically it's bad, but functionally I actually don't mind it. These books are less prone to getting beat up than paperbacks, but they're lighter, more flexible, and less cumbersome than hardcovers. If you're going to display your favorite books as a kind of decoration, then hardcovers are the way to go. But for easy travel reading, paperbacks are preferable. These rubbery books are sort of a halfway point. I'd honestly like to see book companies continue to work with these types of materials, but I think they need to come up with something more aesthetically pleasing, as well as something that feels better. Maybe some kind of cheap leather substitute. If they don't fix the style, this trend is doomed. But I think it has a lot of potential.
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11 Apr 2017, 4:52 pm

It's nice to know that I'm not imagining things and other people have encountered same.

And now I'm thinking, as a practical matter does that texture of cover make it difficult to slide a book out of a full shelf of books with that texture of cover because that texture causes the book to stick together?

Y'all with library and bookstore experience, what's you take on that?


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11 Apr 2017, 5:13 pm

kitesandtrainsandcats wrote:
It's nice to know that I'm not imagining things and other people have encountered same.

And now I'm thinking, as a practical matter does that texture of cover make it difficult to slide a book out of a full shelf of books with that texture of cover because that texture causes the book to stick together?

Y'all with library and bookstore experience, what's you take on that?

It depends on the type of rubber. If they stick, I can imagine that that would be a problem, and it would actually make it more likely that the rubber book itself would get damaged. The series shown in my image doesn't have any problem with sticking, though.



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11 Apr 2017, 5:31 pm

Speaking of images, this is my book shelf.

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