Books are a pretty magical thing; they teach you about the world, provide escapism from your problems and allow you to travel to places and times you’ve never known.
As such, some people are particularly precious about their hardbacks and paperbacks so you won’t see any dog-eared pages or notes in the margins.
But no matter whether you take this approach or whether your copies are filled with colourful highlighter ink, there’s one thing a number of book lovers seem to agree on – that messing with the front cover is just plain wrong.
This was made abundantly clear after a home decor hack involving books went viral recently.
The life hack video, made by a user named @rosekaylee_, showed her taking several books and painting over the front and back covers.
Two of the books were painted black and one white, with a clear coat of gloss varnish over the top of each.
Once they had dried, Kaylee added designer brand logos onto the cover and spines, such as Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
The finished, more stylish, books were then stacked up and displayed on a shelf in her home – much to the horror of avid readers on Twitter.
Children’s book designer Ryan Hammond shared the clip, writing: “Help. Have just come across this horror on TikTok and had to share with all of you book people because a little bit of me died inside.”
His tweet quickly went viral, garnering over 72,000 likes.
Many people shared in his horror, with one user commenting: “Why ruin perfectly good books to make the cheapest looking ‘decor’ though!! Books are beautiful leave them alone.”
Another said: “Why, when you could go and buy actual coffee table fashion books if you were so inclined…”
A third replied: “100 percent should go to jail.”
Someone else proclaimed: “As a librarian this is horrible!!!!! To the book, the author, and especially the illustrator of the book you just ruined!!! Use common sense like any good DIY’er and use cardboard not a book for this.”
However not everyone saw a problem with it.
A different user asked: “You guys do realize they print more than one copy of each book, right?”
A second posted: “But what is the issue? They bought these books with their money, and it is their property and they are using it for creative purposes. Books can’t ONLY be used for reading or photo ops. I would not mind if my book ended like this.”
“I think this is cute,” added a third.