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Doesn't fit standard paperbacks
on 11 February 2014
Beware - this item does not fit standard paperbacks. I'd read other reviews on this sort of shelf that mentioned sizing. So I measured the width of the books (spine to page edge) and deliberately chose this Umbra SMALL. However, when you actually place the first book onto the shelf, the 'hooks' that hold the cover in place are about 2mm too short to grip the back cover and are too deep to take just the thin cover. If you try to fix the cover + a few pages, the situation is worse because this pushes the book further forward - away from the hooks. In desperation, with pliers, I squeezed one of the hooks to make the gap smaller and push it nearer the front edge of the bookshelf. This sort of worked but cracked the white paint covering which then flaked off, leaving silver metal. Where the shelves are located, it doesn't show and my 10-year-old isn't too fussy. But at £23.90 for 2 shelves, this was a real shame. The product looks and feels fantastic but simply is the wrong size for UK books! Delivery was quick but I hadn't expected 'signed for' so hadn't arranged to be in.