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What's your feeling about hardcover dust jackets?

I like them; they protect the book
 
  15614 votes, 31.2%

I like them so much I remove them before I read to preserve them
 
  13854 votes, 27.6%

I hate them; I remove them before I even start reading
 
  12975 votes, 25.9%

Who reads hardcover?
 
  6599 votes, 13.2%

Bitttersweet; I like the pretty pictures, but they get in the way while reading. (write-in)
 
  144 votes, 0.3%

I love dustjackets, just not when reading. I like to keep them safe and not on my book. Then after I'm done, I replace them. (write-in)
 
  94 votes, 0.2%

I like them, but I remove them when reading the book to preserve it. I prefer paperback! (write-in)
 
  73 votes, 0.1%

I don't like them; I remove them before I start reading the book and then don't know what to do with them (write-in)
 
  61 votes, 0.1%

I don't mind them, but I like books better without them, especially if the books have gilded/embossed print on the covers. It reminds me of books from the days of yore. (write-in)
 
  48 votes, 0.1%

I don't like them but I remove them before I read to preserve them (write-in)
 
  45 votes, 0.1%

I like them because you can use them as bookmarks. They can be annoying somtimes, but I like them. (write-in)
 
  40 votes, 0.1%

I like them A LOT, but don't need to remove them to preserve them, all my books are well preserved. (write-in)
 
  39 votes, 0.1%

I remove it before reading and place them back on after I'm finished reading (write-in)
 
  35 votes, 0.1%

depends on the art work but i alway remove them before reading (write-in)
 
  29 votes, 0.1%

I don't like them, but I don't bother to remove them. (write-in)
 
  29 votes, 0.1%

I like them and use them as a bookmark, but while reading I take them off so the don't get damaged. (write-in)
 
  26 votes, 0.1%

Don't really feel either way about them, but I take them off when I read a book. (write-in)
 
  26 votes, 0.1%

They're good, but I prefer paperback books. I think they're very practical =) (write-in)
 
  24 votes, 0.0%

I hate reading a book when its dust jacket is on. (write-in)
 
  23 votes, 0.0%

I don't like them but I don't mind them (write-in)
 
  20 votes, 0.0%

It depends on the dust jacket. Some just seem to be part of the book and it's a crime to remove them, even while reading. Others hide a truly beautiful hardcover book that is better off by itself. (write-in)
 
  19 votes, 0.0%

They are crimes against humanity. (write-in)
 
  19 votes, 0.0%

Not my favorite, but they're handy bookmarks. (write-in)
 
  18 votes, 0.0%

Why are there so many choices? (write-in)
 
  15 votes, 0.0%

I love them. Beautiful and functional (write-in)
 
  14 votes, 0.0%

depends on the art work but i alway remove them before readind (write-in)
 
  14 votes, 0.0%

I use them as bookmarks. (write-in)
 
  14 votes, 0.0%

I think they are a pain in the neck and would prefer books with an image wrap cover. (write-in)
 
  12 votes, 0.0%

I like them. I use them as bookmarks, and tey help protect the actual books. I would rather damage the dust jacket than the book. (write-in)
 
  12 votes, 0.0%

they dont bother me as long as they are taped (write-in)
 
  11 votes, 0.0%

I consider them sacrosanct - getting rid of them (or letting them get injured in any way) decimates the value of the book! (write-in)
 
  10 votes, 0.0%

Rather ambivalent, I usually leave them but I'll remove while reading if they are likely to get damaged in my bag or something. (write-in)
 
  10 votes, 0.0%

The cover is what can get me to even look at the book itself therefore I keep it on as a bookmark and plus I want everyone to see what i am reading (write-in)
 
  9 votes, 0.0%

i prefer other bookmarks, mostly take them off for reading but would never toss them (write-in)
 
  8 votes, 0.0%

I've a Kindle, what's a dust jacket? (write-in)
 
  8 votes, 0.0%

How is there no answer for "I like them, they have prettier artwork."? (write-in)
 
  8 votes, 0.0%

I only like them if they're taped, otherwise I take them off and forget about them. (write-in)
 
  7 votes, 0.0%

I love them, its like they are holding and protecting a treasure. (write-in)
 
  7 votes, 0.0%

I've a Kindle; what's a dust jacket? (write-in)
 
  7 votes, 0.0%

I always remove them... I keep them, but I would much rather see the outside of the book! (write-in)
 
  7 votes, 0.0%

I tape mine closed so they dont get in the way (write-in)
 
  6 votes, 0.0%

i think hardcovers look better without so to the recycling bin they go. (write-in)
 
  6 votes, 0.0%

I leave it on, but it is a BIG nuisance (write-in)
 
  5 votes, 0.0%

I love them and I take them off until I'm done reading the books. (write-in)
 
  5 votes, 0.0%

I use them as bookmarks, then toss them because the books look less cheap without them (write-in)
 
  4 votes, 0.0%

Mostly I love 'em; sometimes I hate 'em... (write-in)
 
  4 votes, 0.0%

I have a love/hate relationship with them. I hate them while I'm reading, but love wrapping my book back up in them when I'm finished! (write-in)
 
  4 votes, 0.0%

I love them. As a book collector I am always looking for book WITH their dust jackets. (write-in)
 
  4 votes, 0.0%

Hardcover dust jackets are like Jesus's loving embrace. (write-in)
 
  4 votes, 0.0%

They are ste stupidest things on Earth. I hate them so much. What is a paper cover really going to do to preserve a hard covered book? (write-in)
 
  3 votes, 0.0%

I keep them on only because I think they are beautiful, but I also think they give the book that "read" look as they crinkle and damage quicker than the actual book. (write-in)
 
  3 votes, 0.0%

I like the look of the book without a cover in my shelves, so I remove the cover before reading, then, after I read the book, if I intend to keep it for my collection, I remove them, tape the synopsis into the front cover of the book and recycle the rest. If I plan to give the book away, I put the cover back on. (write-in)
 
  3 votes, 0.0%

I like them, I even make ones myself for paperback books to preserve them while reading, and remove them afterwards. (write-in)
 
  3 votes, 0.0%

I like/hate them. (write-in)
 
  3 votes, 0.0%

I don't mind them, but would rather have an image wrap cover on a hardback than a seperate dust jacket. (write-in)
 
  3 votes, 0.0%

Hardcover or Paperback, I love them book. I like hardcovers because it preserves the cover longer, but I like paperback because I tend to like bending my books when I read. :) (write-in)
 
  3 votes, 0.0%

I like them. They are usually attractive and they make great bookmarks. The all-time best dust jacket was the clear acrylic dj of The Secret History. (write-in)
 
  3 votes, 0.0%

what are they? (write-in)
 
  3 votes, 0.0%

Don't really feel either way about them. I leave them on when I read. (write-in)
 
  2 votes, 0.0%

I have a nook, but if I am reading a printed book I'd rather read paperbacks. Dust jackets fall off constantly and are terribly annoying! (write-in)
 
  2 votes, 0.0%

I always take them off while reading, but they have a very hand use: hang onto them when you lend out the book and you'll always know which books your friends are borrowing. (write-in)
 
  2 votes, 0.0%

what does it feel like...? hehe : P (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.0%

I make Paper Airplanes of them ;) (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.0%

To me the dust jacket is part of the book, but I hae thought about taking them of and framing them on the wall. (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.0%

Umm I don't get it so..... Yeah (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.0%

I have an iPad, what's a dust jacket? (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.0%

I like them (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.0%

I wrap them in mylar as protection. An unclipped dust jacket is vital! (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.0%

I hate them. They just get in the way and look bad. (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.0%

I don't mind them (from the library) if they're taped OR if I've bought one, I might use it ad a book mark (some are wonderfully designed that way). But one of the answer options has me thinking about making some (ger creative & make something useful) for putting over softcover books I'm reading. (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.0%

I love them because it keeps your books looking new even after you've read it. (I take them off while I'm reading) (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.0%

I love them, and I love trying to figure out what scene they reference. (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.0%

I remove them and save them to use as gift wrap. : ) (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.0%

Remove them to stick on my wall. (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.0%

I only use paperbacks. If there's a hardcover I will buy/read only the ones without the dust jackets, because I can't stand them. (write-in)
 
  0 votes, 0.0%


Poll added by: Brian



Comments (showing 1-50 of 57) (57 new)


message 1: by Greg (new)

Greg Mathews I like to preserve my books to the highest standard!


message 2: by Patrick (new)

Patrick Brown Well, I remove them before I start reading, but it's mostly so they don't get all chewed up. I guess I like them. I mean, I don't throw them out.


message 3: by Robert (new)

Robert where's the "I cover my cover (like a library)" option?


message 4: by Amy (new)

Amy How about "I don't mind them, but I like books better without them, especially if the books have gilded/embossed print on the covers. It reminds me of books from the days of yore." =P


message 5: by Greg (new)

Greg Mathews Robert wrote: "where's the "I cover my cover (like a library)" option?"

Nice


message 6: by Brian (new)

Brian I think I allowed write-in votes! :)


message 7: by Louise (new)

Louise They only work well as a book-mark about 1/3 of the way into the book.


message 8: by Abenet (new)

Abenet Fun poll question! Never thought of using jacket as a bookmark, very crafty.


message 9: by rivka (new)

rivka Louise wrote: "They only work well as a book-mark about 1/3 of the way into the book."

Oh, you can force them to the halfway point, if you really try -- even HP7. ;) (But then they get bent, which is suboptimal.)


message 10: by Brian (new)

Brian Yeah, I just used one as bookmark for about 50 pages and then I started to get antsy. I'm glad we always have a bunch on hand in the office! :) Thank you Goodreads Book Club 2011! :)


message 11: by Geevee (new)

Geevee I love the art work on old books with dust jackets.

Not only can they be colourful and add something to the book many are a child of their time giving a glint of the styles and colours used by a publisher or for a genre.


message 12: by Tennille (new)

Tennille i prefer paperback...however when i cant wait for a paperback and have a hard cover i remove the dust jacket to keep it nice and in good condition then it goes back on once im finished so it looks nice on my bookshelf!!!


message 13: by Mandy (new)

Mandy Dake I also take the jacket off before lending books to friends..


message 14: by Danielle (new)

Danielle I love the jackets and the pictures on them. I take alot of pride in my book collection and I would flip if my books got damaged. However, I don't remove them when I read I usually tape the covers to the front and back so it doesn't move or slide off at all. It usally only takes me 1 to 3 days to read a book depending on time so I don't put it down long to do any damage lol


message 15: by Missy (new)

Missy Kirtley They're absolutely essential to Children's picture books to protect the book--especially library books.


message 16: by Emily (new)

Emily Patrick wrote: "Well, I remove them before I start reading, but it's mostly so they don't get all chewed up. I guess I like them. I mean, I don't throw them out."

I'm with Patrick on this one.


message 17: by amara (new)

amara well i dont necessarily read hard cover books


message 18: by Diane (new)

Diane I like them, but they do get in the way of reading so I remove them while reading.


message 19: by Larisa (new)

Larisa If I loan a book to a friend the dust jacket stays here for safety and to remind me which books I've loaned. Have 4 friends how are OCD enough about books we loan each other our favorites.


message 20: by Megan (new)

Megan I don't mind them, because I use them as bookmarks, but they do get annoying sometimes. Kinda bittersweet, but not in the way the poll was describing t.


message 21: by Brandy (new)

Brandy Shark Without being properly attached, like a library book, they just usually end up getting in the way. So about half-way through, I end up removing it. But I take really good care of my books.


message 22: by Riobhcah (new)

Riobhcah They're good to protect the book from whatever it might come into contact with.


message 23: by Ava Oceana (new)

Ava Oceana Typo. It's "your", not "you".


message 24: by Heather (last edited Feb 09, 2012 06:26PM) (new)

Heather I like them. They often offer stunning art - especially the covers of fantasy novels. As a rare book collector and seller, the first thing I do with a dust jacket is to enclose it in an archival protector.


message 25: by Brian (new)

Brian Oceana Nightfern wrote: "Typo. It's "your", not "you"."

thanks. fixed.


message 26: by Lucy (new)

Lucy I like the look of hardcovers without the dust jacket - it's almost as if the dust jacket makes it look uglier.


message 27: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Echols I love them but I find them incredibly annoying and slippery while reading. I remove, set aside, read, and then put back on.


message 28: by Olivia (new)

Olivia McGovern I really just prefer paperbacks sometimes


message 29: by Betsy (new)

Betsy I usually remove the cover n put a cover protector so my book don't get bend or get stain cuz they easy to get stain...but then I put it bak on after im done reading it


message 30: by Williwaw (new)

Williwaw Robert wrote: "where's the "I cover my cover (like a library)" option?"

Same question here. That's what I do.


message 31: by Hilary (new)

Hilary Cover art is important to me. I quit buying music just about the same time that LP jackets quit being produced (I am at the mercy of the radio, my daughter's iPod, and my old-style album collection...).


message 32: by [deleted user] (new)

I use mine as a bookmark. Lol


message 33: by Scott (new)

Scott Fuchs Most times DJs are part and parcel of the spirit of the book.
A book w/o its DJ seems to me to be incomplete.


message 34: by Williwaw (new)

Williwaw Anyone who collects modern firsts should know that the value of such books depends primarily upon whether or not the dust jacket is present and in good condition. The jacket frequently accounts for 75% or more of the book's value. So the value of your collection in years to come may depend on how well you treated those dust jackets. If I think that I have a "keeper," I always wrap the jacket in a clear mylar cover. It protects the jacket from wear and keeps the book fresh-looking.


message 35: by Peter (new)

Peter I just find them annoying, but I don't remove them. I'm far too up-tight about my books to get rid of even the ugliest ones.


message 36: by Zsa (new)

Zsa "It depends on the dust jacket. Some just seem to be part of the book and it's a crime to remove them, even while reading. Others hide a truly beautiful hardcover book that is better off by itself."
I was going to choose an option that says to preserve them, but the one I quoted above is my main opinion of a dust jacket.


message 37: by Graham (new)

Graham Seager I love dust jackets and think they are so important. I look after them as much as possible.


message 38: by Scott (new)

Scott Fuchs Yay! Graham


message 39: by Brandon (new)

Brandon Greg wrote: "I like to preserve my books to the highest standard!"

Me too! :)


message 40: by Anna (new)

Anna I used them as bookmark. Is the best way to not fold the pages! I love them :)


message 41: by Ruby (new)

Ruby Hollyberry I don't exactly hate them, there are a few I've left on for some reason, but I almost always throw them away.


message 42: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Ruby wrote: "I don't exactly hate them, there are a few I've left on for some reason, but I almost always throw them away."

Ack! You could probably get some money for them, especially for older or less popular books.


message 43: by Hailey (new)

Hailey They enhance the book, and get in the way. Either way, I don't really care! :)


message 44: by Luka (new)

Luka Antonić "I like them so much I remove them before I read to preserve them."

This one is hilarious.


message 45: by Scott (new)

Scott Fuchs "I like them so much I remove them before I read to preserve them."
I'm with you Diane!

My newest brain teaser is to divine what's behind Luka's "This one is hilarious".


message 46: by Luka (new)

Luka Antonić I tend to be utterly intimidated by someone's transcendent relation with dust jackets.


message 47: by Lisa (last edited Feb 28, 2012 10:34AM) (new)

Lisa Vegan Luka wrote: ""I like them so much I remove them before I read to preserve them."

This one is hilarious."


Well, I do that when I've borrowed a pristine condition book from a friend. I don't want to mar their book in any way.


message 48: by Barbara (new)

Barbara The artwork/design of a dust jacket has influenced me to purchase a book many times. It's similar to the front porch of a house...inviting or not inviting.


message 49: by Ruslan (new)

Ruslan I don't really like reading Hardback. I love paperback. Their smaller and their weight is not as bothersome.


message 50: by Scott (new)

Scott Fuchs Aw Luka, c'mon; they don't bite :(


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