I received an order of books today, and the covers are warped from past moisture exposure. Additionally, the spines are slanted. Otherwise, the books are rather nice. I finally decided to order a book press so that I can improve the condition of the books:
I bought it from Demco. I have wanted one for several years, but the cost of nearly $200 has kept me from buying one. It took me receiving a stack of warped books to finally decide to take the plunge.
Some book presses cost upwards of $1,000, so the one I ordered is an inexpensive one. It is possible to make one's own book press, but I do not care to gather the materials and build one.
Book presses are used to straighten out the various problems that old books have, such as slanted spines. I hate books that have slanted spines. I mean I really hate slanted spines. It must bother me more than it does most people, since I seem to be about the only seller who ever mentions slanted spines. The book press supposedly will fix that problem. I have read that the press applies several hundred pounds of even pressure to the books, and the books need to be in the press for at least several days. I will report back on how well the book press works after I have received it and have tried it out, which will likely be in a couple of weeks.
Do slanted spines bother any of you? Does it bother you when a book arrives with a slanted spine, and the seller failed to mention it? What is most important to you about the condition of your books?