I don’t know why it’s taken so long to deconstruct a children’s book. This is a discarded book with missing pages, so I took it apart. If it were a book I was fixing I think I could glue the endsheet back without cleaning up the page and board further because the coated paper is pretty thick.
The big thing for me is seeing the hot glue strip: it’s wimpy (easy to strip off) and not attached to anything (was it ever?)
I took this whole wad of tape out of ONE book!
If you Google “tony firman lying press” the top hit should be a pdf for making a really useful tool for holding the textblock.
If you’re putting a new spine on a book or making a hollow spine, the two boards at the top will hold the book so that you can operate with two hands.
ALCTS is the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. If you go to this page:
and select Book Repair Basics webinar materials (.pdf) you arrive at a document with live links to good repair information.