Which takes a book that was in Very Good or Near Fine condition and downgrades it to merely Good. (Books are graded on a different scale than comics, of course.)
DMM wrote:I just checked, and my Captain America volume 1 (Brubaker) Omnibus' binding has come apart from the spine a little. It starts at the top and goes a little over halfway down--just far enough to allow the bottom of the pages to sink down and rest on the shelf with the bottom edges of the hardcover--which makes sense, gravity-wise. Kind of makes me wonder why they don't have the bottom of the pages line up with the bottom edge of the hardcover--it would prevent these issues when storing hardcovers upright in a shelf, as they ought to be.
That's just it--they ought not to be. That's you confusing your own aesthetics with what is best for the book over time, period.
And the reason they aren't bound that way is that during the course of being read and shelved that would subject the book to a new set of stressors that would destroy it.
The real answer would be a) don't bind such a heavy book! or b) pay much more money on the production end to have a truly well-bound volume, something they ain't gonna do. And even if they did, many of the omnibuses are so large that they should still be stored flat anyway.