I get a few calls a week asking for advice about which of our products are best to establish a book repair kit at home, church, or in the classroom.
We have a variety of book repair products, and it can be confusing about which ones will best fit your application; for example, what material or width do you use to repair your book's binding? With 3 basic products, 5 different materials and 8 tape widths, it can be initially intimidating on what to choose (who likes doing returns anyway?).
Book Wings & Corners
We offer these in the premium cloth tape material, vinyl, polyester, and polyethylene. We offer starter kits of both wings and corners. I would suggest one of each starter kit for an initial home library setup.
Book Binding Tapes
Vinyl & Poly Tape
2" wide cloth tape is our best-selling repair tape out of all the varieties and widths. This width will work for most paperbacks and thinner hardbacks. For Bibles, you'll definitely want to go 3" wide though.
The differences between the two range in thickness / cost / clarity. Polyethylene (Crystal Clear) is stretchy, very clear, thin, conformable, and less expensive. Vinyl is thicker, tougher, more durable, frosty finished, and more expensive. It's really a preference thing. I personally like the Poly tape, because it's so stretchy, and I can see right through it—but that's me. Others love how the Vinyl comes on a pre-measured liner that makes application a bit easier for first time users.
To put together a starter book repair kit for home use, I would suggest a roll of at least one of the clear tapes, a roll of the 2" or thicker cloth tape, and a starter pack each of wings & corners.
You could get away with not getting the wings and corners, since you can basically make your own wings and corners out of the cloth and clear tapes. But if you have 5 or more books with scuffed edges and corners, these kits will sure makes your life easier. And you'll probably cuss a little less this weekend. :)
Cal me at the office M-F 8a-5p if I can pass along any further advice! 800-256-0435
Update from April 2021
Book repair can be a daunting process at first. Luckily, these products are made specifically for the book repair process and are really easy to use. We're happy to help you out if you have further questions!