wrigjef wrote:lajackson are you in the US? . . .
If two books can be stored horizontally in a holder, I'm really surprised three can't be stored vertically in the same holder.
First, I am 100% in agreement with you that the real issue is respect for the meetinghouse. We have some success teaching parents, but have great difficulty in helping parents understand that they are responsible for their children. We are working on it.
I have lived in 10 states, east, west, north, south, and center of the country. In some meetinghouses, book racks are so shallow that hymnbooks would almost fall out of the rack if they were placed vertically. In some meetinghouses, the rack is wide enough for two books on their spine, but is 1/4" too short for three books top up. In both cases, it appears they were trying to save some money when they built the building. But it was not cost effective in the long run. In some places, the racks are deep and the books stand up nicely. It largely depends on when the meetinghouse was built.
The other challenge we have is when we receive cases of books with poorly glued bindings. We do our best to keep them in good shape, but in the dry heat they break down quickly. We have had youth service projects to repair them for longer use, and that, along with youth conference and fireside type instruction, has helped with the respect issue.
The Distribution Center has sent replacements on occasion. It has been a while now since we had this problem, as manufacturing of hymnbooks has improved. LDS Distribution is trying to find the balance between cost and endurance to save our tithing dollars.
Finally, we never put a book in a rack without properly opening it and loosening up the spine. If we don't, the spine will crack at the point of the first hymn that is sung using the book.
The last three FM Groups with which I have been involved have requested that hymnbooks be placed gently in the rack on the spine. Others have said it doesn't matter. So we have put them on the spine in the last three stakes where I have lived.