With the arrival of a new pile of books, certain steps must be taken before they can enter the flock! So here’s a very short look at how I keep the manga hoard in line.
Both random online people and real life friends who know nothing of manga often ask me how to manage to keep track of all my books and how I manage to find specific ones within the hoard. Organization is key and it happens before the books even arrive! Books are simply arranged specifically on shelves in order of genre -> author -> publisher -> series. I update my inventory by ISBN on LibraryThing sometime after ordering and before they arrive.
Once they arrive, I cover them with plastic covers made specifically for manga. These manga covers are easily removed and put back on when necessary and don’t stick to the book itself at all. In the past, I’ve purchased these from a US anime store, Nikaku. However, their supply has lagged lately, so I’ve switched to ComiComi, a store that offers several types of covers. Japanese website/EMS shipping warning. You can find covers elsewhere on the internet. These are just two suppliers I’ve had either a good past or current business relationship with.
New books usually just need a quick wipe with a microfiber cloth before covering. Used books require more care–a small amount of water and microfiber cloth removes most scuff marks. If there’s a price sticker, it’s safe to use a small dab of adhesive remover and your fingernail. No mess or mark will be left behind if you do it carefully (like a surgeon, no mad scratching!). Apply a dab of water after using any adhesive remover, dry, and good as new! I’ve had some sketchy used books come my way, but I’ve been able to get them looking good again. The covers make upkeep very simple–no worrying about finger prints or scuffs on the covers themselves, easier to clean, and helps with the occasional accident. I haven’t lost a man yet! A few plastic covers have gone in the line of duty though…
They are now ready to join their brethren! I have a specific shelf for “new arrivals.” lol.. I’ll stop while I’m ahead (??).