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News Tue May 10 2011

Whither Goest the Built-In Bookshelf?

With the advent of e-books comes another, unexpected demise--the built-in bookshelf is going the way of shag carpeting and mustard-colored kitchen appliances. According to Crain's, homeowners are either opting to drywall over their built-ins to make room for flat screen TVs and other entertainment accoutrement or using them only to shelve knickknacks. As someone whose dream home includes a room lined with built-in bookcases filled to the brim with books, I'm dismayed to read that people are just building over them. I can't help but wonder if some sort of Save the Bookshelf campaign should be started--perhaps for only $.29 a day, you too can sponsor an unwanted built-in. This doesn't even touch on the fact that the books you keep in your home speak volumes about you. How are we bibliophiles supposed to judge others without them?

 
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Flora Caputo / May 10, 2011 1:06 PM

Have no fear, there are many of us out here still loving books. I myself have a mini library off my dining room with shelves floor to ceiling with books. ebooks will have their place, but its hard to cozy up to a kindle with a cup of tea and a blanket with your cat at your feet. It is not as tactile and the screen is very bright for reading at night. Maybe I'm old fashioned. I guess time will tell! But I'm not giving up my cozy home library for ANYTHING! (urbandomesticdiva.com, mammaslibrary.com)

Pete / May 10, 2011 1:38 PM

I guess we'll have to judge them by how many inches of flat-screen they have. Which automatically rates lower than having a shelf full of Mitch Albom novels.

tk / May 13, 2011 10:38 AM

No! It took me a year to save up to have one wall of floor-to-ceiling built-ins made & installed in the bedroom. In the interest of full disclosure, they do include a cabinet for a small TV, but it's closed 99% of the time, and has a lovely painting on the outside... Those shelves are what made it home!

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