Today, with reading so often done and “books” acquired digitally, stored in pixels on hand-held devices, we see fewer new titles gracing the offices of colleagues and teachers, the homes of friends. No longer on display, they can no longer be conversation pieces. The average age of books on shelves is rising steadily and even these becoming anachronistic. Shelves are given over to decoration, clocks, cups, bells, photographs. My wife and I wonder, “what will our kids think, 10 or 20 years from now, when they see an apartment without a single book in it?” Maybe nothing. We would be horrified.
So are, I suggest, printed photographs.