Originally Posted by mafoofan
The irony is that stacked books on the floor are more likely to be for display than for use, as difficult as it is to sort through them.
Exactly. If I want a book that is stored in a bookshelf, I can easily identify it and pluck it out.
If I want a book from a stack on the floor, unless the stack is only a few books high, I need to laboriously pull off the books on top of the book that I want, make then into a new pile, retrieve the book that I want, and then either add any remaining books to the new stack, or put all of the books from the new stack back onto the remaining books in the old stack.
Personally, I'll go for the bookshelf option, unless it's just a small stack of five or so books on a coffee table or beside a bed.