Are those books people put on coffee tables really not meant to be read?

Are those books people put on coffee tables really not meant to be read?

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  1. For years I have had clients who are quite affluent along with those who wish to appear to be. Some live in older, Estate homes, others sleek, contemporary and Hi Tech Homes with walls of glass and stunning Architecture. Many were featured in Architectural Digest, El Moda and other Design publications. Naturally the interior design was on par with the architecture. All of these clients were and are Art Collectors. I come from a rather affluent family yet they were never pretentious and rather low key as many Europeans are. My clients are quite a bit different. Everything is carefully staged and meant to impress. Coffee tables seem to be an event for these people. One Client has a cocktail table which must be 15′ by 15′. 3 inch thick beveled glass top sitting on a one of a kind abstract sculpture finished in Pewter. The taple top itself looked like it took someone 2 or 3 hours to set it up. Naturally the top included coffee table books on Art and Design that cost several hundred Dollars.
    Many other clients also have oppulent coffee tables with the obligatory cocktail table books and expensive accessories. Quite frankly, I seriously doubt if any guest w…

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  2. See your mind space is not a bin where anything can be put. Nor your time so cheap that you can do anything with it. Both are valuable rather invaluable.
    So which book I’ll choose to read, I’ll decide based on my requirements and priorities. Similarly if something is available free doesn’t mean everyone will take it particularly when it involves my valuable time.
    Think about books apart from time and monetary value I am allowing my mind space to be filled with certain kind of impressions or information. There are certain things I’ll never allow them to go to my mind as it is my most valuable place where anything cannot be stored. Ultimately they will have effect on my thinking, behavior, value system and impact me in many invisible ways.
    So I’ll definitely read books wherever they are- on coffee table or otherwise if it makes sense to me, to my thinking and to my overall personality.
    This is my view.
    I am very selective in two things- books to read and company to have as both affects my mental makeup in longer duration.
    good luck

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  3. In my view, if it has words, it’s meant to be read. It is true that there is limited space in a coffee-table book for text, and so the information tends to be quite basic. However, the information given is designed to add to the reader’s appreciation or understanding of the photographs or artwork being displayed. And for people who have difficulty reading, or are simply out of practice, it might be the only source of information they will find on that topic.

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  4. Surely nobody would stop you from leafing through them? The books I have around (apart from in bookshelves) are usually there because I haven’t quite finished reading/looking through them and/or because I think other people might enjoy them and/or because they are decorative. People who put books on coffee tables only because they are decorative will still have to admit that they are books and therefore meant to be opened and looked into. I assume.

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  5. Typically and ideally not during a dinner party or some other kind of social event. These books can become a life saver for people like me who don’t know how be a human in social situations. So I can rescue myself and become antisocial by bury my nose in a book until someone takes it away from me or demands my attention.
    Typically the kinds of books people place on coffee tables are loaded with interesting photographs of trees or landscapes things I really enjoy looking at in detail.

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