On November 18, 2015, I published this post on Book Riot.
My Complicated Relationship to the Dust Jacket.
When you pick up a book, the first thing that greets you is the cover. Often the cover consists of a detachable piece of paper wrapped around the front and back using folded flaps. This detachable piece of paper is called the dust jacket.
I have a complicated relationship to the dust jacket. Most of the time I just want to do away with it. In other words, most of the time I prefer my books as the bookbinder created them —naked.
There are several reasons why dust jackets bother me.
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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.