Books as design objects are in demand by interior designers, high-end builders, hotel developers and architects. Multimillion dollar homes have to come with libraries: spaces with built-in shelves and lots of books. And there are people who specialize in furnishing these libraries with books: 2,000 books wrapped in white or in cream colored leather? 4,000 books wrapped in black? No problem! Will they be read? That is another question!
Of related interest are these newspaper articles from the New York Times:
Selling a book by its cover - an article by Penelope Green, New York Times, Jan. 6, 2011.
Books as a way to grace a room (slideshow)
Should I Store My Messy Collection of Books? - article by Tim McKeough, New York Times, November 30, 2011.
Selling Books By Their Guilded Covers - article by Julie Bosman, New York Times, Dec. 3, 2011