Sure, a Kindle, Nook or other e-book reader keeps your reading materials in one convenient and compact place. No need for bookshelves, book baskets, book stacks — or even books.
Real hardbound books, though, woah! There's nothing like the feel of them, the smell of them and the richness they provide to a room when properly organized.
These bookends will help you display your short stories, poetry collections, novellas and non-fiction in an orderly and, dare we say it, elegant fashion. In plain sight, your books will bring back memories of great reads and even entice you to pick up a favorite for another great adventure. And books add such warmth to interior environs that your guests will feel like they're sitting next to a mesmerizing fire.
Real books = Cozy.
"The Inner Circle"
Modern steel "Geo" bookends with rubber feet to protect surfaces, 4-inch cubes, $58 through Chiasso
"The Turn of the Screw"
Iron "Vise" bookends, 5 3/4 inches tall, $69 at Restoration Hardware
"James and the Giant Peach"
From Black + Blum, the "James" bookend, made of natural rubber mounted on a steel plate, available in a variety of colors, about 7 1/2 inches tall, $22 each
"A Separate Peace"
From PBteen, "Peace" bookend in painted polyresin with felt pads on bottom of bases, 8 1/2 inches tall, $29
"The Invisible Man"
"City Slickers" bookends in a three-piece set, 7 1/2 inches tall, $40 through Wrapables
"Crocodile on the Sandbank"
"Moore" bookends from Ralph Lauren Home, crocodile-embossed leather, 8 inches tall, $295
"The Arrow and the Song"
"Arrow" bookends with magnetic bars that slip behind the covers of the outer books, $38 through Chiasso
"Annie Leibovitz at Work"
"Lookend" bookends by Tom Vincent for Umbra, molded resin, $30
Designed by Eric Janssen for Ameico, "Quote/Unquote" bookends in synthetic rubber and concrete core, almost 6 inches tall, $90, Barnes & Noble
"Pugs: A Complete Owner's Manual"
For the pug lover, "Pug" bookends with one white and one black end, almost 6 inches tall, $15 at Z Gallerie
"The History of Rock & Roll"
New from PBteen, "Rock 'N Read" bookends in polyester resin, 8 inches tall, $39
"Budda: A Story of Enlightenment"
"Budda" bookends at 6 1/2 inches tall depict four expressions: friendly, smiling, sad and angry. $125 at Neiman Marcus
"Lord of the Rings"
Silver-plated "Vertigo" bookends designed by Andree Putman for Christofle, 5 1/2 inches tall, $513, Christofle
"Matisse" bookends in painted metal, 6 1/2 inches tall, $110 through Liba Style
"Palm Reading for Beginners"
By Jonathan Adler, "Hand" bookends in metal, about $10 through Barnes & Noble