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Do You Like Books With Coloured Or Decorated Page Edges?

by Catherine Van Bergen (follow)
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I have noticed a trend of late where more books are being published with either a coloured or decorated page edge rather than the standard white. While this is not an uncommon sight- particularly in older leather-bound classics or bibles (which sometimes have gold-edged pages)- it has become more common to see your average paperback being printed with a brightly-hued edging. And donít think that itís just books aimed at kids and teens that are rocking this trend- crime novels and biographies are also sporting fluoro/ metallic/ text printed page edgingsÖ

Do you think this adds appeal or value to the appearance of a book? Do you think it looks tacky or cheapens the look of a novel? Do you own any books like this? Would you buy a book with a coloured/decorated page edge if it was available? Or do you prefer the standard white edges instead?



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I hadn't really noticed this was a thing. Maybe I just haven't bought new paperbacks in a while (I read a lot of ebooks, and a lot of my paper ones are secondhand or library books). I think it wouldn't make much difference to how the books look on the shelf because all mine are displayed with the spine facing outwards, but given a choice I'd prefer plain white paper.
All of the books pictured are new releases (from the last few months or so) that have coloured/decorated edges, so it's definitely becoming more common. How popular it is with readers, however, is still a mystery to me...
I display all of my books spine out so it wouldn't really be noticeable if the page edges were coloured, although I have to say that I do prefer plain white edges on your everyday novel. If I was purchasing a leather-bound classic as a gift however, I think a golden edge adds a nice touch to the overall look.
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