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Cover Stickers

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Ago 18, 2013, 2:50pm

Removing stickers (such as "buy 2 get one half price") is a minor hassle if they come off easily although I get distinctly ratty when they don't. But a more annoying issue is that I scan all my covers after removing the labels. Although this seems OK when I look at the book there is clearly some residue left behind which shows up as yellowish on the scanner glass and that in turn gives whitish/greyish patches on books I scan which have areas of black. A good scrub of the scanner surface with wet wipes every now and then helps and I suppose I could use a camera instead of a scanner.
And I recently uncharacteristically bought a Neil Gaiman book ("The Graveyard Book") which has a pseudo-sticker (or is it meant to be a gold medal?) added to the cover as part of the printing process and can't be removed saying "Carnegie Medal Winner 2010". Ughh! If I was the cover designer I wouldn't be too happy about this addition.

Ago 18, 2013, 3:15pm

Try this on a small area before ... (etc. etc.) but have you tried Pledge furniture polish to get the stuff off?

Ago 18, 2013, 3:30pm

The ones that upset me are the ones where book covers are varnished or spot-varnished, and removing the sticker pulls off the varnish on the part it's stuck over :(

Ago 19, 2013, 2:09pm

>2 MyopicBookworm:: Never thought of that but I'll try it next time. Thanks for the suggestion.
>3 HoldenCarver:: To be honest I'm not sure I've come across this technique - or if I have I haven't been aware of it. But recently I bought a copy of "I am Pilgrim" and when I took a label off it removed a top layer of the cover to reveall the bare board underneath. Aaagh! Fortunately only a small area but I had to put clear film over it.

Ago 22, 2013, 5:47pm

I have found lighter fuel is the best product for removing sticker glue residue. Do not put the fuel onto the book but squirt a small amount onto a clean, non coloured cloth or plain white sheet of kitchen paper- not directly on to the book.

You may want to check a small area for colour fastness before doing this, but I have never had an issue with it.

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