Some of the books available for purchase at AbeBooks have very intriguing bindings that are far from being ordinary. The materials themselves are unorthodox, not to mention the artistic ways that they have been used and applied.
AbeBooks has a collection of unusually bound books where judging a book by its cover becomes acceptable. These books are more than reading materials you would just shove them back onto the shelves, they are crafted to be displayed and admired. The different categories that AbeBooks has grouped the unconventionally bound books include metals and gems, four-legged fabrics and velvet goldmine. A few of my favorites from this curated collection of books are the pigskin, the metal cover and the rubber. If the writing in the book was properly reflected in the covers, than these would be some of the most epic books out there.
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