Well rod, the stamps we're dry, but.
I pulled, almost tearing my stamps apart.
Wow! goodness me Ricky, sorry for your loss,
Send me an address, and I'll send you some stamps free .
What country/s do you prefer?
Sheesh, not sure where you have gone wrong, I have been doing this for 12 years, and only ever had one stamp stick, turned out a self adhesive.
I'll go through it one last time.
1. Soak your stamps in a bowl (cold water only, say 20 minutes to 1 hour)
2. Remove your stamps (after they have floated off) , and place into a bowl of clean water to rinse (gently)
3. Remove stamps and place on a clean (new) teatowel
4. place a clean teatowel on top and tamp excess moisture.
(stamps should be moist and flexible but not "wet")
Place (face up on a freezer bag) which is on top of 1 sheet of A4 paper,
Place A4 sheet of paper on top of the stamps (the sandwich)
Place in between pages of a book to dry.
Apart from the soaking, it takes me about 10 minutes to do 50 stamps,
I use tongs/tweezers to handle the stamps
I do it whilst making my morning cuppa !
(If) you get the hang of it, it is such an easy regime.
PS...consider, had you bought a "drying book" you may have damaged
it by wet stamps, so you saved yourself some money there.
Good luck ...persevere... success from endeavor !
PPS: your book appears to have shiny pages, try and get an old book with
unsurfaced paper, the science behind it, encourages the moisture from the stamps, migrate into the paper of the book, then to atmosphere.