I ask this with slight reservation, for fear of appearing odd, but does anyone else like to 'distress' the odd paperback now and again? The weirdest thing, is that I have a love of both pristine paperbacks, and tatty, dog-eared ones, and I'm still not sure what process I use to choose which of my books I will distress. I think one criteria is that they were either very cheap (or free) and/or get read multiple times. As for how I do it, I break the spine, fold the corner of the whole thing (if it's a thin novel). I'll sometimes even spray a little water onto the page so that they crinkle slightly. As for why - who knows?? Maybe I like to imagine I'm well-read or something. All I know is that I like to see others holding and reading from tatty paperbacks - like the one in this clip at 1:50. I love how it looks at 2:00, when he lets it close with his thumb marking his page - especially when compared to the pristine book that Ross is reading in the same scene. Call it a fetish.