By LAURA K. LLOYD - Special to The Kansas City Star
Current magazines still recommend buying hardbacks for almost nothing at garage sales to fill shelves to make a person seem well-read. As recently as March 2012, Dwight Garner, after taking a dig at the limitations of e-books in The New York Times, thought it relevant to quote bibliophile and novelist Anna Quindlen: “I would be most content if my children grew to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building bookshelves.”
And Benjamin Sundermeier, designer at Space Planning + Design in the Northeast area of Kansas City, said his clients don’t seem motivated to “shift away from shelves” housing books.
In the books vs. bookless micro-controversy, books still have a lot of support. (In the eminently practical “Use What You Have Decorating” by Lauri Ward, books are treated as design accessories that deserve thoughtful, neat shelving that doesn’t mix in distractions like photos, art objects or gewgaws.)
Let’s say, however, that your attachment to some of your books (paperbacks of Jodi Picoult? First editions of Tom Clancy?) is starting to fade as you develop your love affair with your e-reader. Perhaps you’re trying to simplify or allot space to some of the other design accessories you have acquired. It’s hardly news that bookshelves are also the perfect venue to display collections of majolica, Blue Willow china or Star Wars action figures, among countless possibilities.
Full piece at Kansas City Star.