Book as Art

With the onslaught of e-books, book lovers have been expressing concern about the possibility of books disappearing completely.

But will the printed word ever really just go away?
Even if people aren’t reading them, they’re still collecting them to create impressive leatherbound collections like this one:
Or whimsical, colorful collections like this one:
The blog Bookshelf collects photos of bookshelves of all kinds — some functional, some strictly for form. {Fair warning, this blog is addictive: http://theblogonthebookshelf.blogspot.com}
What do you think? Is it okay if people are using books to decorate their houses, or are you strictly a “read em or leave em” person? Do you seek out pretty copies of books, or are you merely interested in the words inside?