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E-Readers are becoming more and more popular and soon most commercial novels will be available only in e-ink. Whether or not this is a good thing I am undecided, but I do think this means that there is again a place in the world for really beautiful books. As physical books get rarer, people will only purchase their absolute favourites in hard copy and so the bindings and covers will be ever more important. That is my hunch anyway. I have a few beautiful hardbacks thanks to my grandparents: a collection of Thomas Hardy novels, a set of Antony Trollopes and a set of leather-bound Dickens, all of which I treasure. The other day whilst in Foyles, I bought a beautiful book myself. I saw this Barnes & Noble edition of The Scarlet Letter and felt compelled to purchase it (maybe for sentimental reasons with it being one of my MA dissertation books!). It is clearly too beautiful to go on my crowded books shelves in our box room (which I fondly call my ‘library!’) so I will have to find a home for it in the living room I think!

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Barnes & Noble edition

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Barnes & Noble edition