Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: Do you read hardcovers with the dust jacket on or off? Why or why not?
I feel like this question comes up for me on a strangely rare basis…but maybe it isn’t strange! Most of my books come from the library, and if they’re hardback, they’re all taped and laminated and…well, those dust jackets are not coming off easily. Of my own books, I mostly buy paperback so–no dust jacket. Or I buy very old hardcovers that either never had a dust jacket or don’t anymore (and I tend to like how those look without jackets anyway).
If I buy a hardcover with a dust jacket I usually leave it on–because otherwise, what would I do with it? I have no need for added clutter! I will make an exception, however, if I really hate a cover image. I recover paperbacks if I don’t like the cover, and I have at least one hardback that came with a since-discarded dust jacket. I didn’t like the cover image, and it looks much better without it!
Do you prefer not to have dust jackets on your hardbacks when you read, or do you just leave them where they are?