15 Sep '11, 9am

Ikea's classic bookcase is getting a redesign, as people are buying fewer books.

Ikea's classic bookcase is getting a redesign, as people are buying fewer books.

Ikea's Billy bookcase is one of the staples of every student's household. Is there anyone in the western world who hasn't owned this basic and cheap bookshelf at some time in their young life? But alas, tomorrow's students will be denied this rite of passage. With the much-discussed decline in books , and the rise of e-books, Ikea has decided that no one needs bookcases anymore. Photo: ikea.com Instead the bookcase is being redesigned and its dimensions are being changed so that it will be deeper and more adaptable. They are even adding glass doors. Ikea denies that the demise of reading is the problem. They say :"I hate to dispel those who think the bookcase is dead," said a spokesman. "We do not see it that way. We really see books as decorative. Books will still continue to be something used to adorn. They're rich and they're textured." Photo: ikea.com Ikea has found th...

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