Lately, I’ve been obsessed with dust jackets. I realize this is a weird sentence.
I think it’s because I’ve been reading a lot of hardcover books lately, and maybe it’s just my nesting instinct right now, but dust jackets are driving me crazy.
They rip, they tear, they slide around while you read. Their only saving grace is that they provide you with a built-in bookmark.
On average, I’m more of a trade paperback kind of gal myself, but sometimes you get stuck with the hardcover. I don’t know if I’m ready to be that person who gets rid of dust jackets and leaves the books on the shelf all naked-like (although I love the clean look of it). I feel like that would be too permanent of an option for me, and I would want to remove the dust jackets, but keep them all filed away somewhere just in case one day down the road I realize I have some rare first edition of something that is worth far more with the dust jacket intact.
We’ve also accumulated a lot of used library books over the last few years from our annual attendance at the Friends of the London Public Library Book Sale. It’s my favourite thing – it seems to always be the weekend before my birthday, so I have licence to scoop up as many books as I can manage. It’s a great way to stock up on books, but then they are usually hardcover and have that plastic cover from being a library book. So do I take them all off, which would require cutting it off of the cover (since they’re taped down from being library books). Do they lose some of their charm that way, or is it more practical because right now my book collection looks like a good chunk of it is racking up late fees by the minute.
Where do you stand on dust jackets? Are they part of the book and should be appreciated, or are they a messy waste of time and should be tossed immediately?