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Re: The Booklover's Repair Kit



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Don't spend even $60.  I'm seeing this kit dropping in
price like a lead balloon.  My local (independent)
bookstore had it for $37.50 a few months ago.

Hold out for $19.99!!

Jackie Matosian
writepretty@yahoo.com


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> Don't spend more than $60 at Half.com or some other
> vendor; this item has
> come way down in price.
>
> My confessional: this item is exactly what got me
> into bookbinding; it was
> given to me as a Christmas present by a friend who
> knew my love of
> antiquarian books (which I sell), and my
> disappointment in their
> too-frequently deteriorated condition. I began with
> the book that came with
> the kit, bought serveral more books and read them
> all, and earnestly began to
> learn the craft of bookrepair, strictly as an
> amateur. However, I soon
> realized the limitations of repairing books without
> having ever learned how
> to bind them. So, I began taking courses at the
> Center for Book Arts in New
> York City (I live just north of Manhattan). I have
> gotten good enough that a
> local bookshop has asked me to repair a few items,
> and so has my
> veterinarian, who has an extensive collection of
> scarce natural history
> volumes. I charge enough to help me pay for my
> supplies.
>
> Honestly, I don't know why I do this. I work on Wall
> Street as an analyst for
> my "real" job, but spend most of my spare time with
> antiquarian books. I even
> started my own little business, got my tax number,
> etc. etc. But I don't make
> a profit at it since I haven't really committed
> myself to it as a profession.
> As others have said before me, I always seem to find
> the time buy books, (and
> now, repair them) but not enough time to sell them!
>
> Michael Stewart
> We Speak Volumes
> 1630 Prospect Terrace
> Peekskill, NY 10566
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