Overkill or the least you can do?

A book breaking free from its binding.

Via BoingBoing:

How to Open a New Book, by Mr. William Matthews, the most famous bookbinder America has produced.

I once worked at a library where the head librarian decided that every new book we received should be opened as described by Mr. Matthews. Boy, did my arms get tired!

Above: a book received with a broken binding, in Tech Services at a different library job.

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