Cut some strips one inch wide and as long as the book's page. Use white glue, the very common one which can be thinned with water. Spread glue on the strip of paper with a paint brush (1/2 inch wide). Use a very thin coat of glue (thinned with a little water if glue is too "sticky") and use it as you would use tape.
This is the simplest way to repair a book but it all depends on how much the book is damaged. It would take a whole book to explain in detail how to do this, from the first step to the last one, as all of this is part of book binding.
By Olga from Miallet, France
I took pity on an old book that I had ordered from the downtown library and glued the binding of the spine back on (so it wouldn't come off while I was reading it!). Glue sticks are great for that job - also works to glue paperbacks back into their spines - all without mess.
Where can I get the cover to an old family bible rebound. The front cover is cracked on the edge and is falling off. I would like to repair it correctly instead of just taping it.
By RocknChr from Ord, NE
The value of a Family Bible is irreplaceable so my suggestion is to have a professional book binder do the repair for you even if it is expensive. You can call or visit several with the Bible in hand for estimates and also ask them if they have examples of repairs they've done before.
I have a number of children's books that have the binding tore or broken. Is there a good way to fix these well but cheaply? A number of them are copyrighted in the 50's and 60's! Is tacky glue an option? Perhaps some kind of glue that doesn't dry solid so the book can bend? The books are like Dr. Suess books and disney books so they are short books.
The way to fix them permanently is to find something called self adhesive end sheets. They are big in the photbook market. You will take these end sheets and staple them to the book block then peel the adhesive tape off and stick them to the insides of the cover. If the book has printing on the inside cover obviously this will affect that but they will hold up for many yeast to come with this method.