screamadelica wrote:It's kind of a crappy book, too; the paperback binding is very shoddy and I'm going to be missing more than a few pages by the end at the rate I'm going.
Mine (paperback also) is still in fine condition, even after more than a year of not being too careful with it. No loose pages yet.
Hmm, maybe mine's just a bad copy. I don't know how to explain this, but I'l try:
You know how each leaf in the book is really just one sheet of paper folded in half? If you look at the binding, you'll see what I mean; there are thirteen folded-over stacks of paper between the cover (eight sheets for 16 leaves and 32 pages each), each one sewn together and glued to the spine at their fold. God, I wish I knew the terminology for this.
Open your book to pages xvi-xvii. This is the top sheet in the stack and you can see the stitching in the middle. For one with page numbers, see pp. 92-93. The next one comes at pp. 124-125 (32 pages for 16 leaves and 8 sheets of paper later). So now that we've got that out of the way...
The problem with my binding is that every 32 pages, the sewn-together unit starts to come free from the glue. I'm a fairly careful book-handler who cringes when people fold a book's front cover over to the back; this loosening (and eventual falling-out) comes just from regular page-turning, without pressing down to make it stay open or anything like that.
I guess I just got a poorly-glued copy. Unfortunately, it came from Amazon so I doubt I could get a replacement and I'm not shelling out another $30.