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Fake Books Are a Real Home Decor Trend

2 May 2023 9:11 PM | Anonymous

NOTE: This article is not about any of the "normal" topics of this newsletter: genealogy, history, current affairs, DNA, and related topics. However, I find it interesting. Also, genealogists often are "book people."

According to an article in (at

"Fake Books Are a Real Home Decor Trend 

"If it looks like a book, feels like a book and stacks like a book, then there's still a good chance it may not be a book. From a report:

Fake books come in several different forms: once-real books that are hollowed out, fabric backdrops with images of books printed onto them, empty boxlike objects with faux titles and authors or sometimes just a facade of spines along a bookshelf. Already the norm for film sets and commercial spaces, fake books are becoming popular fixtures in homes. While some people are going all in and covering entire walls in fake books, others are aghast at the thought that someone would think to decorate with a book that isn't real. "I will never use fake books," said Jeanie Engelbach, an interior designer and organizer in New York City. "It just registers as pretentious, and it creates the illusion that you are either better read or smarter than you really are."

Ms. Engelbach said she has frequently used books as decor, at times styling clients' bookcases with aesthetics taking priority over function, which is a typical interior-design practice. 

"At Books by the Foot -- a company that sells, as its name suggests, books by the foot -- one can purchase books by color (options include 'luscious creams,' 'vintage cabernet' and 'rainbow ombre'), by subject ('well-read art' or 'gardening'), wrapped books (covered in linen or rose gold) and more. The tomes are all 'rescue books,' ones that would otherwise be discarded or recycled for paper pulp, said Charles Roberts, the president of Books by the Foot's parent company, Wonder Book. During the pandemic lockdown in 2020, remote work created increased demand for the company's services. While it mostly specializes in the sale of real books, the company has also dabbled in the world of faux ones."

If you want to purchase some "books by the foot,"" go to

I think I will pass.


  • 3 May 2023 12:15 PM | Anonymous
    Waste of space!! I'd rather display real books I can read!
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