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For men of a certain disposition – writers, thinkers, hopeless technophobes who can't work their Kindles – books are fetishistic objects.

The fantasy of being cocooned by them, preferably sat at a varnished, solid oak desk the size of a small swimming pool, is common and works on many levels.

Firstly, it suggests peaceful solitude, an environment that reflects the act of reading itself. Secondly it's the notion that books make us smarter – or at least seem so – as though we absorb their knowledge by proximity alone.

The blog Bookshelf Porn is born directly out of this age-old fantasy, as people from around the world contribute pictures of their own slice of bibliographical heaven, whether it's book shops or public libraries or ingeniously designed home studies.

Take a look at our favourites. Imagine being there, then image being sat with a computer or tablet that held all those books instead. No contest.

 
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