Coffee Table Book

Coffee Table Book

No living room or den is complete without a coffee table book to add a finishing touch. There are several qualifications for a book to be usable as a coffee table book, which you should keep in mind prior to buying novels or other reading material.

Magazines and fiction novels do not tend to make good coffee table reading material. A coffee table book needs to fit several requirements in order to be suitable. In some cases, you can have several coffee table books, dependent on the size of your coffee table and how many people you tend to have over at any given time.

book on a coffee table photo

Photo by Kent Wang

The first standard requirement for a coffee table book is that the book is a hardcover book. Paperbacks and magazines do not tend to be used as a coffee table book, as they do not usually have suitable appearances. Both magazines and paperback books tend to look worn after little use. A coffee table book is supposed to look refined and elegant, which is best accomplished through a hardcover book.

A coffee table book should also be classified as light reading. They are to amuse and slightly occupy anyone who may sit down and be alone. These books tend to have little jargon. While they may be scientific in nature, what science there is usually is explained through photography and simple explanations. Illustrations and photographs tend to dominate a coffee table book.

In addition to this, a coffee table book should be non-fiction. While fictional stories are enjoyable, it is not something most people may be interested. Interesting subjects, such as mythology, archaeology, and religion tend to make good topics for coffee table books. History books are often a popular choice for these types of books, as there is often a lot of discussions that can take place on histories. Picture encyclopedias are often found as well, as they can cover a broad range of subjects while being fairly simple to browse through.

One of the primary points of having a coffee table book is to use it as a conversation starter. By putting an interesting book on the coffee table, you can stimulate conversation, which helps to make your guests more comfortable. Often, selecting the coffee table book is more challenging than picking out the coffee table itself.

Coffee table books tend to be larger than typical hardcover books, as they do not need to be moved very often.