I ordered a print-on-demand textbook, and here is what I received:
However, when I opened it, this is what I saw:
There are two evident problems with this book. The first, that it’s the wrong book, got taken care of quickly. They shipped me the correct book pretty quickly.
That left me with an free copy of the Virginian Woolf (with a humorously ill-matched cover). However, the books still has a second problem. As you can see from the picture, the binding is coming apart. The reason for this is that the Virginia Woolf book is slightly shorter than the quantum field theory book. Laid side by side, the pages of the Woolf are about a millimeter thinner, but they are bound in identical covers (which were obviously sized for the slightly thicker book).
I don’t want to replace the funny cover, but I am afraid that the tear between the overleaf and the cover page is going to get worse, and the book will fall apart. So what is the best approach for repairing this unusual binding, in which the spine of the binding is about a millimeter two large for the pages it contains?