Books have long been a staple in home decor. Believe it or not, some people simply have a lot of books because, well, they read a lot of books. More often though, people just want you to think they have read a lot of books (No judgement). We’re not exactly sure how far back this dates, but at least since the turn of the last century, book sellers realized they could unload a lot of inventory to newly built home libraries not selling by title, but by distance.
“By the foot” was born and was as efficient as it was déclassé. Jay Gatsby (America’s most famous icon of “New Money”) bought his books by the foot – easily spotted in the days when you still had to slice the pages.
More recently, we’ve embraced the fact that books just look cool – literally judging them by their cover. They can be organized by color, stylized or wrapped in the paper of your choosing.