Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Cracking the Spine: How do you like your books?
A couple of days ago I found myself in Waterstones with a non-book reader. Yup, I have friends that don’t read. Actually I only have one friend that does read, it’s a sad state of affairs but hey, at least no one wants to borrow my precious books! I’ve gone slightly off topic there so back to the point. Said friend started talking about books he read as a child (He doesn’t read anymore, what a loser!) and how he used to love bending a book so much the spine cracked. He seemed confused to why I was staring at him in disbelief and when I finally came around I went on a rant about cracking the spine, I know he wasn't listening though. Personally I cannot bring myself to bend a book that much the spine ends up looking ugly. I like everything looking pristine, okay?
I will do everything I possibly can to keep my books looking perfect even if that means holding the book open at a 45-degree angle and straining to see what it says on the page. Some may think this is extremely sad but I can’t help it! Unlike American publishers, the ones in the UK seem to think it’s okay to have a really stiff spine in which you have to open the book a ridiculous amount just to read it that then results in a cracked spine. No doubt about it, I prefer American editions of books to the ones in the UK.
Up until now this post hasn’t really had much of a point other than me talking about my apathetic friend and slightly ranting about UK editions of books. Anyway what I’m really interested in is how other people feel about cracking the spine. I know some people love the battered look when it comes to books, I wont judge you if that’s your thing, each to their own right? Heck, my mum bends book covers all the way round so they're touching the back and I haven’t said anything to her… yet. So please, lets discuss this, as I’m eager to know how other people handle their books.
Do you like them looking perfect or lovingly read?