Displaying Books Backwards

A viral image of a home decor idea encourages us to display our books with the page edges out, to produce a uniform neutral-color look. What? How would we ever find the book we're looking for? Apparently this has been a decorating trend for at least a year. While some think it's ridiculous, others will take the time to explain why they do it.

The library at El Escorial in Spain shelved books with the spines to the wall, in order to protect the leather bindings. But the page edges were gilded, and the book titles were written on the gilding. It wasn't the only place books were displayed that way. But the recent decor idea displays no titles. What do you think? What would be you impression if you went to someone's house and saw all their books displayed this way? -via Metafilter

Could you deal with books displayed this way?

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Books don't really need to be "displayed" at all, unless you are actively trying to impress people. They need to be "accessibly stored." Most of my book are in my office, where no one is invited because it's always a mess. If they were in the living room, they'd be neater, but still not on display -just stored for my personal use.
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