bookcase table
At one end of the spectrum are those who treat books deferentially, stowing precious volumes up and out of the way. The designers of this table fall quite at the opposite end of the spectrum.
book table hybrid
Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, founders of Raw Edges, made Booken to be accessible for everyday reading or reference.
book table closeup
Simply grab a book off the rack and drop it back on the rack, optionally on a preferred page.
book table detail
That, or one could see the design (in an even more profane light) as a way to give a second life to volumes you no longer plan to read.
book table in use


On that reading, you could pile them high with other objects, treating them as merely another table surface on which to set things.