Hey Guys! Today I’m coming at you with a new Book Vices discussion and today I’m talking about how important it is that our books be in perfect and pristine condition! I am personally on the fence with this one so I thought I would go into both sides of the discussion!
Let me know where you fit in on the scale!
WHY DO WE KEEP OUR BOOKS IN SUCH GOOD CONDITION?
So, why do we do it? Why is it so important to us to keep our books in such brilliant have-i-even-read-this condition?? For some of us, it doesn’t really matter and sometimes we care and then sometimes we do care about how “loved” our books look.
Do we do it for the aesthetic?? For Bookstagram &/or photography? For the physical “brand new” clean look you can get from an uncracked spine?? Does it really matter? Should we all just mind our own business and let people live their own bookish lives?
The main argument for a cracked spine is to show that it’s loved but, I’m pretty sure most of my books are loved, and unless they’re second hand they generally have uncracked spines. If the state of a spine is how we determine if a book has been loved or read then what about ebooks or audiobooks?
WHY DOES IT MATTER TO US?
I think it mostly matters to us because we’re a very visually biased society and we can be quite intense. I think, it probably doesn’t matter a whole lot and it just comes down to what we prefer to look at because apart from convenience for reading, the main reason for owning a bookshelf is to show and be proud of how your books look.
WHAT’S THE OTHER SIDE TO THE ARGUMENT?
It doesn’t really matter.
Books are meant to be loved so does it really matter what they look like – some people love to annotate, dog ear or crack the spine – what’s wrong with that?
Some people love ebooks, some people love audiobooks and some people love a cracked and peeling cover, isn’t that kind of cool too?