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February 21, 2013 11:54 PM   Subscribe

Flooded? A hurricane hit your house? Somebody left a cake book out in the rain and you'll never see that recipe again? Courtesy of Heritage Preservation: how to save wet books.
posted by MartinWisse (9 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
Interesting. I'd developed most of these techniques independently. Thanks, drunken flailing!
posted by cmoj at 12:06 AM on February 22, 2013

This is a lovely page.

There were always two or three paperbacks shoved down the side of the hotpress in our house growing up. Casualties of bath reading.
posted by distorte at 12:44 AM on February 22, 2013 [2 favorites]

Pretty close to the SO's techniques. Save the precious, precious recipes!
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 3:32 AM on February 22, 2013

Yeah, the problems with ebooks is riffling the pixels apart to allow water to drain properly.
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:29 AM on February 22, 2013 [1 favorite]

In a similar vein, the National Archive has details on how to dry out several kinds of printed material. Most of it is the same as the link in the first post, but there's a few extra details on things such as glossy prints and framed items.
posted by talitha_kumi at 5:12 AM on February 22, 2013

On a similar note, I found this PDF of useful links while working in the archives department of a local museum.

Museums, naturally, have a strong interest in disaster recovery and preserving texts, photos, etc that have gotten wet.
posted by sotonohito at 5:18 AM on February 22, 2013 [1 favorite]

There's also this from the National Library of Medicine.
Bonus - The Florence Flood blog. In 1966, a catastrophic flood spurred development in many conservation and recovery techniques. Mud Angels to the rescue!
posted by ikahime at 7:59 AM on February 22, 2013

Too late to save the many books I lost in a flood. They mildew really fast. It still upsets me, and I still miss so many of the books. Lost the art books and the beginning of fiction (yes, shelved, and packed, alphabetically and by section). Favorite authors Brunner, Colwin, Drabble, all gone. Cookbooks, why not take easily replaceable cookbooks?
posted by Mom at 9:28 AM on February 22, 2013

Dammit, I need to hear this two floods ago.
posted by jenfullmoon at 12:43 PM on February 22, 2013

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