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I enjoy problem solving (Lifehacking). Recently, someone asked me how I would find a torn page (to repair) in a large book. "Large" is the operative word here. It is inconveniently large — 1500 pages.

This one is simple but not easy:
Start at the first page and turn each page until one appears.

There are thirty (30) copies of this book and a good chance that one or more pages in each one is torn. Of the tears I saw, most are less than a couple of cms. along the bottom of the page near the centre.

Question: "How do I find each torn page in each of several large books by the most efficient (easiest and/or fastest) way?"

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  • With some books, you can turn pages quickly by laying them flat, then using gentle directed airflow to blow the stack over... Not a hair dryer, which will desiccate the pages... This isn't a solution but perhaps a piece of one Nov 8 at 11:23
  • Do you mean to find all the torn pages referred to in every book? Riffle through the pages (a block at time, if a book is very thick). Nov 8 at 12:14
  • @LukeSawczak The heat and fan are separate controls on hair dryers. Not a bad idea; but, comments aren't answers that can be voted upon.
    – Stan
    Nov 8 at 13:26
  • @WeatherVane - Exactly. Most tears are less than a couple of cms. along the bottom of the page near the centre.
    – Stan
    Nov 8 at 13:31
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    @Stan The heat and fan are separate controls on some hair dryers
    – Chris H
    Nov 22 at 13:13

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