Boxes protect books. Below are two clamshell boxes – the first one has a flat spine and the second has a rounded spine. The rounded spine looks just like a book on the shelf. One drawback of boxes is that they take up a lot of space.
Clamshell box: partly open revealing book inside.
Clamshell box: fully open.
Clamshell box: this is the spine of the closed box and as it would look on a shelf.
Clamshell box: this has a rounded spine.
The left hand image is the rounded-spine box as it would look on the shelf. The right hand image is the book that fits within it.
Detail of the rounded-spine clamshell box showing brown leather spine and red cloth for the trays that hold the book.