As academics offer their elegies for the printed book, consumers might notice more books being sold outside their traditional habitat. Volumes increasingly accent the window displays of stores like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, embellishing the complex décor with a quaintly vintage charm. Leaving behind the drab arena of bookstore window displays, these books for the aesthetic elite aspire to adorn the bookshelves and coffee tables of the cultured bourgeois, the slouching hipster, and the traditionally bibliophobic. What these books lack in content they make up for in beauty. They look trendy and seem to whisper, “Buy it. Who knows? You might even read it.
Harvard Political Review