Tearing Off Book Spines?

In early January, I visited Austin, Texas, for a national conference in my field. I had a few job interviews for assistant professor positions while there, and I ate a lot of good food.


But today I wanted to pose this question: should you rip the spines off of books?


I saw this in a hotel lobby in Austin, and it was meant to be decorative and perhaps universal and therefore inviting and cozy. However, I felt bad for these books. I would rather know what they were titled and who wrote them than see them in this state. I don’t think I could ever do this to my books.

What do you think?Β