Furthermore, if you want a more stately look, are there really any better looking books on the market than Coralie Bickford-Smith’s bound classics?
Wouldn’t you rather have designs of this kind on your bookshelves? Wouldn’t you rather the gift were as pretty as the wrapping paper?
There are prissy sorts who insist that it respects the “history of the book” or some such nonsense to have such an inconvenient physical trapping. But these people, I think, are just snobs. Join me in flouting their terrible conformist adherence to convention, and throw out your dust jackets. Together, we too can make a difference.