Having physical books can be fantastic, but it can also be scary to have them damaged. If you have pets or children what is your experience with them and your books? Has your child ever torn pages out of a treasured classic? Has your puppy ever chewed on a limited edition? Cat claws in a leather bound? How do you protect books from destruction?
This is another highly hypothetical question seeing as I have neither pets nor children, but I will say that I’m very very protective of my physical books because I deliberate a lot before buying each one due to the limited space I have for them. I own several special or collector’s editions, a couple of signed copies, and some that just have a lot of sentimental value.
There are no children (or pets) in my house, but generally speaking, I take a lot of care with my most valuable books – they are on my uppermost shelves, far from any potential sources of damage like water, direct sunlight etc. I dust these shelves and check the spines regularly. For the more precious paperbacks I use clear dust jacket protectors. I always wash my hands before handling any of these books and never bring any food or liquids near them. My books rarely leave the house – I use the ebook version if I want to read a book outside, especially when traveling. Finally, given how particular I am about my books, this shouldn’t be a surprise, but I never lend out books from my personal collection, not even to family or close friends. I’m not nearly so fussy about normal paperbacks, but anything that I specifically bought for my collection is never getting lent out – it’s way too much of a risk that something might happen to it.
What are your experiences with pets or children and your books? Share your thoughts in the comments below!