As I’m sure you’ve noticed, there’s a growing trend in book publishing: decorative edges (Update: I just learned from Jenny @bookverve that the proper term is “deckled edges.” Thanks Jenny!). Decorative edges are jagged as opposed to the traditionally smooth ones. I’m not sure exactly when this started being the norm but over the past couple of months I have seen more and more books with this look.
Though it is a purely aesthetic addition I happen to really like decorative edges. I love feeling the roughness of the pages and the texture it adds to the book. The one downside to it though is that it makes it harder to read the book with one hand (a common practice for me, especially if I’m reading on my commute). Without the smooth edges it’s more difficult to flip the pages and they often stick together due to the pages’ unevenness. Though it’s inconvenient at times, I do enjoy stroking the rough edges so I welcome this trend and hope it stays.
What are your thoughts? Do you like the decorative edges or would you prefer the smooth, uniform ones? Do you find them aesthetically pleasing? I’d love to hear your thoughts!