“I was running out of wall space,” Michael Jones says, he has run out of space in his condo and can’t keep a traditional library. People like this tend to be moving towards a kindle and downloading their books instead, but he did install a shelve to display art because he was running out of wall space. 

Books were once powerful symbols of knowledge, wealth and status. In the 19th century, upper-class homes often included voluminous libraries.

“Books were very expensive, and a large library was the mark of an aristocrat,” said Clifford Clark, professor of history and American studies at Carleton College in Northfield.

via What’s the next chapter for book shelves? | StarTribune.com.