Definition of term:: Acetate

  • A clear plastic, sometimes used by publishers as a dustjacket. Acetate can be printed on, so modern publishers sometimes incorporate designs on an acetate jacket that complement the design of the book's boards underneath. Acetate tends to yellow, shrink, and crack as it ages - vintage books with original acetate jackets can be very difficult or impossible to obtain with the acetate as fresh and clear as it was originally.
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Source: What bookdealers really mean. A dictionary by Tom Congalton and Dan Gregory (Between the Covers), with additions from other sources