Until I can actually open a book, I've gathered a few book display ideas to knock some of the dust off of my bookshelf.
Arranging books by spine color is one of my favorite ways to bring order to a bookshelf. I love how much more deliberate book storage feels when it's organized in a visually appealing way, leaving room to accent with pieces like the chinoiserie jar or plants shown above.
If your books are in more of the used-bin-at-the-college-bookstore condition, like my collection of Faulkner novels from summer school before sophomore year, then you may find these clever updates on elementary school book covers, shown on designsponge, to be the solution.
Here's a DIY for printed book spines from thepreciouslittlethingsinlife if you've got handwriting you'd rather not display. She's also got a nice roundup of book covering ideas.
Good old Martha has a darling dress-up for books displayed on side tables or coffee tables, embellishing the paper edges with stamps.
For a flatter way to display your favorite books, check out idealbookshelf's custom prints featuring your favorite titles and works. I'd even order one with cookbook spines to display in the kitchen for your favorite home chef or foodie.
We did a bookworm wedding round-up a ways back you can take a peek at here.
On a side note, have you read the steamy e-book everyone is talking about, 50 Shades of Grey?