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Dust-repellant properties?[edit]

There is a referenece in Back to the Future II to dust jackets being a popular item in the 20th century, "prior to the invention of dust-repellant paper." This made me think of how most (if not all) current dust jackets are plasticated and perhaps somewhat ionically charged to serve to repel dust. Does anyone have anything to add to this train of thought? DRosenbach (Talk | Contribs) 13:20, 21 June 2009 (UTC)

  • That's a good question. I'll email the main contributor to this article-- he's an expert on the history of dust jackets.  J L G 3 9 2 6  13:50, 21 June 2009 (UTC)

Early paper jackets had no ionic charge, of course. Their surfaces were easily soiled and susceptible to dust. There has even been some objection that the name "dust jacket" is inaccurate since the main place that dust settles on books on a shelf is at the top of the text block, which the typical jacket does not cover. Dust settles there while the "dust jacket" provides protection elsewhere. (talk) 14:33, 21 June 2009 (UTC)Mark Godburn.

That is certainly so, but what sort of construction could be possible that would block the "text block" as you call it? Perhaps early books were not anymore than a cm in thickness, and the two halves of the jacket served as a semi-impenetrable forcefield of static? DRosenbach (Talk | Contribs) 17:49, 21 June 2009 (UTC)

Actually, there was a jacket with the type of construction that covered the text block. Jackets with "yapped edges" had flaps that folded over the text block without being sealed. They were usually used on limited editions. An example from 1892 is in the picture gallery on my website. Mark Godburn. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:50, 22 June 2009 (UTC)

Price clipping[edit]

Why are the prices sometimes (often?) clipped from the dust jacket? I imagine that this is done before giving a book as a gift, but are there other reasons? --Alban (talk) 21:33, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

Sometimes this is done to make the item non-returnable. Sometimes it is done because the price has gone up. There are probably other reasons.-- (talk) 22:45, 26 September 2010 (UTC)


What's the purpose of the dust jacket protecting the cover, when the cover is never seen?-- (talk) 15:23, 24 March 2010 (UTC)

If you've read the article introduction, you'll see the main purpose (in modern times) is to hold printed information (cover art, blurbs, quotes, etc), such as would be comparatively more expensive to print directly onto the hardcovers themselves.
Personally, I always remove dust jackets, and store them in a folder. Annoying things, always sliding off and tearing... -- Quiddity (talk) 19:08, 24 March 2010 (UTC)

In Use vs. in Storage[edit]

Is it proper to read a book with the dust jacket on, or is it proper to remove the dust jacket and only use it for storing the book on a book shelf? Jtg920 (talk) 08:36, 25 May 2010 (UTC)

Define "proper"! It's up to you, as an autonomous individual. See also my comment directly above this thread. -- Quiddity (talk) 18:39, 25 May 2010 (UTC)
I suppose what I wanted to know was, is it common for a books's dust jacket to distract a reader; and, is it common to remove a book jacket while reading a book? (I suppose that I could have made that more clear in my earlier message.) Reading your above message, I realize that you did, in fact, answer my question too. Thanks! Jtg920 (talk) 21:17, 25 May 2010 (UTC)

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