This morning I stumbled over this at author/publisher Susan Hill's blog: "Intellectual snobs say things like...." Ms. Hill gives several examples, including: "I was always taught to discard the dust wrappers from books."
Excuse me? I'm a confirmed dust-jacket remover, but I certainly wasn't taught to do that, and I've never heard of the practice as an indicator of intellectualism. In fact, many dust jackets have lovely artwork, and most contain material you won't find printed in the book. Toss the dust jacket and those things are gone forever--so it hardly seems a "highbrow" thing to do.
But I do it. Partly because a dust jacket tends to slip off its book when I'm reading and it's just too annoying to keep realigning the thing. But also because I think naked books look more inviting on my bookcases. All those lovely red, brown and black leather- and cloth-covered spines just seem friendlier when they're not covered by glossy paper in attention-grabbing colors.
Is that nuts? Am I alone in preferring bare books?
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