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Re: [BKARTS] Books left in the cold

I was hoping someone with direct experience on this issue would surface.
Thanks Winston. I know how cold it can get in northern Alberta Canada as I
was born in Grande Prairie Alberta on a day in January when it was minus 50
deg F. Perhaps this bit of knowledge should also be applied to books in
other than boxed condition such as:

   1. Books shipped in the mail. If we ship single books in simple cardboard
containers which are often not totally sealed, without plastic wrapping, in
the dead of winter, the customer could end up with a warped book? The book
suddenly heats up as it comes in to the post office or house.
   2. Books taken from the house or library and left in a cold car during
the day, then taken indoors.
   3. Books in vacant houses or vacation property. If the house is left
without heat on and the owners return for some cross country skiing in
winter and warm up the house suddenly.

Does anyone know how much of a problem this is?

Ben Wiens...applied energy scientist
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-----Original Message-----
Bill is right on the money -- the culprit is condensation. I used to
work for a small publishing company here in Edmonton, Canada, where it
is cold and snowy the better part of the year. My job consisted largely
of making coffee, and hauling boxes of books up two flights of stairs
when they were delivered from the printers.

After being trucked cross-country in the dead of winter, the boxes had
to stay sealed as long as possible in order to avoid warping the stock
inside. That way there would be effectively no exposure to any moisture
in the air, which would otherwise condense on the book surfaces before
the books had a chance to warm to room temperature. I've since used the
same technique when moving computers and electronic equipment, to avoid
moisture forming on equally sensitive internal parts.

As an aside, another problem caused by the cold (although hopefully
less of a concern with the finer binding practiced by all you Book Arts
listers) was with the adhesive used to "perfect bind" our books -- a
term I found hilarious even then. The combination of cold and
relatively low humidity in Edmonton ("it's cold, but at least it's a
dry cold") often reduced the tackiness in the binding adhesive,
resulting in pages popping loose.


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