But the common element was a sense that someone's book collection is an intimate portrait of their interests and/or aspirations, and can have a profound effect on others' perceptions - to the point of being a romantic deal-breaker.
This narrative pits books against the internet, as though the latter either follows the former in some ineluctable evolution, or else the latter is a predatory force out to destroy culture as we know it.
The cultural currency of books should not be conflated with the economics of producing them, such that a challenge to the latter is narrated as a collapse of the former.
A book may be studied by students in the form of a book report.
This greatly influenced the importance of books through the Middle Ages, and is why the clergy were the predominant readers of books.
While a small collection of books, or one to be used by a small number of people, can be stored in any way convenient to the owners, including a standard bookcase, a large or public collection requires a catalogue and some means of consulting it.
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