Japan’s tradition of building tower piles or impressive book sculptures may make the libraries’ employees spend a lot of time to create them, but that kind of book art is what make Japanese bookstores unique.
Back in 2009, to mark the launch day of Haruki Murakami’s new book 1Q84, Tokyo book retailer Sanseido changed its shop sign to “Books Murakami Haruki” and created a book tower that was later copied by other stores. However, book towers like the one pictured here are hard to find in Japan.
“I live in Tokyo, and I have never seen books stacked like this at a book store,” a commenter wrote previously on 2ch, Japan’s largest online forum.
However, these book towers might be good for publicity, but they are not good for the actual books.
First, lying books flat on top of each other can apparently damage the spines – especially, the books at the bottom of the stacks. Stacking can put pressure on the books, warping the pages, according to the international press. Then, the books can be unevenly pressured because of their position in the tower or in the spirals.