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Do you read hardcovers with the dust jacket on or off? Why or why not?

If I were the sort to give you a simple answer here, the answer would be: both.

Sometimes dust jackets are nice and convenient to have. I have been known to not have a bookmark with me and use the flap of the dust jacket to mark my page. (I used to do this a lot more than I do now!) And, I admit, sometimes the dust jacket is pretty. Also, I like sliding the book through the dust jacket – you know, turning it one way then the other and the book nearly sliding completely out before you turn it around and do it again? (Please tell me I’m not the only one that does this. Please?)

But, sometimes the dust jacket just gets in the way. Like when I’m exercising and trying to read and I have to keep adjusting the book so the cover doesn’t slide right off. Then there’s other instances where the dust jacket is just plain ugly – or, less often, I’m reading a book that I don’t want to get into a discussion/argument about with my family (parents, pretty sure my brother couldn’t care less what I read) and I’ll pull off the dust jacket so it’s harder to see what the book is. (That, folks, is how I read the last three Harry Potter books, so get your mind out of the gutter.)

So, I do both, but it depends on the book as well as the situation I’m reading it in.

How do you read your hardcovers?

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