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Man cuts his books in half to make them ‘portable,’ spurs online debate

'You are a serial killer.'


Esther Bell

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 21, 2020   Updated on May 19, 2021, 5:19 pm CDT

Book lovers could argue about the merits of physical books versus e-readers for eternity, but one man shocked fellow bookworms when he revealed he cuts books in half to make them more “portable.”

Avid readers were appalled at the news and immediately begun mocking him for his unorthodox methods.

Alex Christofi, senior editor at Oneworld Publications and self-proclaimed “book murderer,” tweeted, “Yesterday my colleague called me a ‘book murderer’ because I cut long books in half to make them more portable. Does anyone else do this? Is it just me?”

The replies were merciless. “My dude, invest in a nice e-reader. This is precisely what they’re for. Then you won’t have to go through life as HISTORY’S WORST MONSTER,” Twitter user @scalzi wrote in response.

Even got involved, calling it both a “travesty” and “tragedy” and then proceeded to define both terms.

Others just made fun of the idea, without taking a side. “I cut the book horizontally so first I read the top of all the pages then read the bottom,” Twitter user @KarlreMarks joked.

Another quipped that they “do the same with really long DVDs.”

But some applauded Christofi’s innovation. His method for reading on the go was dubbed “practical,” and one Twitter user reminded everyone “they’re just books.”

Some avid readers noted cutting books in half could be a game-changer. “This seemed like a bad idea until I looked at my bedside table where the Book of Dust has been sitting unread for 2 months because it’s too big to take to work and I don’t want to have to read a different book on the train,” Twitter user @callapilla wrote.

Even though some book lovers are deeply offended by this, Christofi very well may be on to something.


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*First Published: Jan 21, 2020, 6:09 pm CST