An author has been branded a “book murderer" after revealing he cuts long books in half to make them more portable.
Alex Christofi tweeted a picture of three chopped-up books, asking his followers: “Does anyone else do this? Is it just me?"
Yesterday my colleague called me a 'book murderer' because I cut long books in half to make them more portable. Doe… https://t.co/ew1YgwVzdE— Alex Christofi (@Alex Christofi) 1579601762.0
Twitter users were less than impressed with his approach, with one replying: “Oh god. This makes me sad inside."
Another added: “I dog-ear pages, underline bits, write notes, drop sauce on them and take them in the bath. But you, madam, need to get in the bin."
@alex_christofi https://t.co/5Ha2uToAx1— SparkNotes (@SparkNotes) 1579618715.0
@alex_christofi Is it just me, he says, posting a murder on the timeline— Joseph 🇺🇦 (@Joseph 🇺🇦) 1579603919.0
@alex_christofi this is terrorism.— hend amry (@hend amry) 1579603807.0
Others asked why he didn't just use a Kindle instead.
If you want someone to gift you an ebook reader, there are better ways to do it. https://t.co/UPwT9bTeoi— Kevin Sebastian (@Kevin Sebastian) 1579606580.0
@alex_christofi Why not just use a kindle though?— Well Redneck (@Well Redneck) 1579635944.0
Christofi told the PA news agency he was surprised by the intensity of the reaction.
I do the same with really long dvds! https://t.co/neubIymvjQ https://t.co/s6mHgrKdlZ— PJ Holden (@PJ Holden) 1579607002.0
"I used to think I didn't like long books, but then I realized I just don't like carrying long books. So I decided to take matters into my own hands."
@alex_christofi I dog-ear pages, underline bits, write notes, drop sauce on them and take them in the bath. But you… https://t.co/G81DhsCJ6e— Harriet Marsden (@Harriet Marsden) 1579603207.0
"I think people should love books like a dog loves a chew toy. The saddest thing in the world is an unread, pristine book gathering dust. I would ask, do you love stories or do you love objects?"
As for owning a Kindle, he said:
"I have a kindle! And I listen to audiobooks. And I borrow from the library. (And I do not chop up their books.)"
An author of two novels himself, he said he would be impressed if someone chopped up one of his books.
"I'd like to see them try – my books are under 300 pages and fit snugly in the hand."