So...let me just say, that when I posted my question on twitter (Show of hands people. Do you take off the dustjacket when you read books so you don't damage it? Because I do & I feel stupid every time.) that I had no idea so many people would weigh in with their two cents. And I NEVER intended it to turn into a blog post, but after so many people weighed in, well, I'd like to hear what the rest of you think.
The reason I asked is because every time I pick up one of my hardcovers to read, I slip off the dust jacket and put it back on the shelf, and I feel really, really dumb about it.
You see, I have always been under the impression that the dust jackets were there to protect the book*, and here I was, letting the book go out into the wild (aka my purse) unaccompanied by what was essentially its bodyguard. Because the bodyguard was just so. damn. PRETTY. Honestly, it's ridiculous. The other day, IMMEDIATELY after I took the dust jacket off a book I DROPPED THE BOOK. And that didn't bother me. At ALL. I shrugged, picked the book back up, and went along my way. And the adorable dust jacket bodyguard just sat on the shelf, giggled prettily, and began painting her nails.
Okay, that part didn't happen. But you know what I mean.
Seriously, does ANYONE else think this way? I feel so ridiculous so much of the time.
I hate to say it, but the safety of the bodyguard somehow became more important than the safety of the guy she's supposed to be guarding!
Okay... *deep breath*
I KNOW that the dust jackets have become a pretty nifty promotional tool over the years. They're gorgeous, and they make me want to buy the books even more (shameless cover-judger here) but really, it's gotten to the point where I've seriously considered buying these things which are essentially bullet-proof vests for the cute bodyguard so that I can protect them even more.
What do you think? Have I gone mad?
It's entirely possible.
Okay, it's time for you two weigh-in, my darlings. Are you obsessive about your dust jackets like I am? Do you protect them, or use them to protect the book? Or do you just toss them out (according to wikipedia, historically, that's what people DID...I'm a little shocked, not gonna lie).
Do you think I'm insane?
All comments welcome (and encouraged)!
*Okay, I might be basing my entire "the dust jackets were there to protect the book" belief on this scene from Back to the Future 2. Don't judge.