Bringing Old Books Back to Life and We’re Not Talking E-Books

Book restorer Karen Tolley, owner of Lost & Bound Books, Roseburg, Ore., “has been stitching together spines and tightening the hinges of children’s classics and the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John for more than a year now,” according to the News-Review.

Many of the books Tolley repairs are Bibles. She said she usually brings them back to life with new thread, and fortifies brittle pages with a thin, clear layer of Japanese paper, highly regarded for its long fibers. Tolley can repair about 10 books a week, depending upon condition: “Each book kind of tells you what it needs. . . . It’s fun to bring life back to a book again. It’s magic what can be done.”