Is laminating books with adhesive plastic film a bad idea?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the decision of whether or not to laminate books with adhesive plastic film may depend on a variety of factors. For example, if you frequently spill food or drinks on your books, then laminating them might be a better option than using standalone covers. In addition, if your bookbinding skills are not up to par and you don’t have experience with adhesives, it might be best to leave them unlaminated.
Most experts would say that laminating books with adhesive plastic film is not a bad idea. While there are some risks associated with using adhesive plastic films (such as damage to pages or covers), they offer several benefits such as protection from water and dust conditions, reducing glare and finger prints on screen displays, protecting documents from fading or yellowing due to exposure to sunlight or indoor light sources over time, prevention of spine warping in case you drop your book accidentally (which can damage its spine), improved readability in direct sunlight because glare is reduced by reflecting only select wavelengths back into your eye instead of all visible light waves like ordinary paper does., increased durability for occasional spills or drops because liquid cannot seep through gaps between the laminate and pages unlike regular paper which starts wetting both surfaces immediately.
Ultimately, the safest course of action is always consult an expert before making any permanent changes to your book collection!