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Have you considered gluing strips of hardwood around the edges of the shelves. Align these hardwood 3/4 X 3/4 with the top of the shelves. They will fill the gaps and add strength and stability to your shelves. Of course the top shelves (above eye level ) should have the strips glued on the bottom plane of the shelves to keep that small lip out of sight.

If you're concerned about glue oozing out onto you're shelves, you can finish the shelves prior to the glue up. Just don't get any finish on the edges that will be joined.
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