Over at Ask MetaFilter, a user asks ‘should I throw away the dust jackets from my hardcover books?’
In the event that I got more shelving so that they were arranged in a decent manner, I’d like to take off the dust jackets. But, like my grandparents, I find it hard to convince myself to throw these away. What’s the point of keeping them? Do they really serve any purpose? I’ve always kept them just because they come that way.
I’ve always wondered about that too. We have some bookshelves with glass doors. They’re my favourite piece of furniture (you can see a bit of them in the background of this image). However, they’re near some big windows, so a lot of the paperbacks and dust jackets are getting faded. Should I dispense with the jackets? Or maybe wait until I get a dusky, dark study to store them, where the sun will never reach.