With all the hefty sizes as well as the price of artistic, trendy “coffee table books” it has reached the stage where one hardly notices the table. These coffee table books, drastically divert one’s attention from the well placed howsoever exclusive or unique coffee table right on them.
Coffee table books are usually 1% literature and 99% furniture. These tall, wide but not really deep, coffee table books are used to grab attention of the onlookers. They don’t serve much purpose as nobody opens them because of their huge size, flashy covers and irrelevant text. Features of coffee table books are vaguely foretold here:
- They are Weird: Even though the text is wonderfully evocative, even though the book has to its credit a renowned author and is very colorful, they do not go well with the general public. Only kids would be fascinated by such lovely colors and huge sizes.
- They are very expensive: Due to their oversized print, lots of imagery and colorful images they are very expensive to purchase. It is not a better idea to spend so much money on a book that you don’t intend to read or maybe open once or twice have a look and drop it back to its place where it is kept for days, untouched.
- They go rotten: Yes, they do rot. Not in real term, of course, but they are never touched, never read, never picked. An average coffee table book remains in the same condition for months, maybe years. Most coffee table books are put on shelves once purchased, and then kept as display for as long as one remembers.
- They are anti-verbal: So is our society, but a book has to be different. If it’s not going to serve the sole purpose of a book, i.e. reading, it should not look like one. These books are more like photography portfolios than books which support actual texts.
The number of people who read books is getting smaller, whereas the size of the books they read appears to be getting bigger as well as lengthier. To add to this already drastic situation, if one actually gets a book, the publishing industry interferes and demolishes the entire idea for which the book was created. Large-print editions in which necessary content contains a lot more pages than required are sold at expensive prices. The paper bags themselves have become bigger and larger. Trade paperbacks undoubtedly are growing. The publishing houses themselves acknowledge that they are selling large paperbacks for varied reasons.
If this trend continues, todays books will definitely be tomorrow’s fossils in terms of coffee tables. In terms that horse plugs, as well as tractors are rotating up in agriculture museums while still being employed occasionally on family members’ farms, books are usually showcased in free galleries and library foyers even though still being read because of the shrinking quantity of faithful readers. You’ll be able to just imagine a scenario by which folks are compiled around a gargantuan publication, resting on a large book stand instead of reading.