Saturday, February 24, 2018

Book Blogger Hop February 23rd - March 1st: 243 Is the Calling Code for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, A Country That Was Called Zaire When I Lived There

Jen at Crazy for Books restarted her weekly Book Blogger Hop to help book bloggers connect with one another, but then couldn't continue, so she handed the hosting responsibilities off to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them.

This week Billy asks: Do you read hardcovers with the dust jacket on or off? Why or why not?

I read books that have a dust jacket with the dust jacket on. I don't think I ever thought about taking one of them off to read a book. I certainly have hardcover books that don't have dust jackets - I have piles and piles of used books and a lot of them parted ways with their dust jacket long before they ever got into my collection, but if a book has a dust jacket, I leave it on to read it. Before this question, I had never even heard of the practice of taking a dust jacket off a book when reading the book. I figure that the dust jacket is there to protect the book, so taking it off seems to me like it would be counterproductive.

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  1. I leave the dust jacket on as well. It seems to get more damaged if I take it off, plus the flap makes a great bookmark.

    1. @Chrissy: I always appreciate a dust jacket flap's alternate use as a bookmark for those rare occasions when I find myself without an actual bookmark.

  2. I always take mine off, but I have gotten fingerprints on the bare cover.

    I still like to keep the cover in good condition so I take it off no matter what.

    If I lend a book to someone, I also take the cover off.

    Thanks for sharing what you do you.

    1. @Elizabeth: I guess I would just rather keep the book itself in good condition.