If you ever had PE and food tech on the same day at school, you'll remember the difficulty of trying to fit your school books in the same bag.
Even now can be a struggle as we cart around novels to keep us entertained on the commute, because everyone knows e-readers just aren't the same.
Now, one man has shared his life-hack to make bulky books a thing of the past – except it's fair to say not everyone was a fan.
After posting photos of the trick on Twitter, one replied to say they would be informing the police and another simply told Alex Christofi to 'get in the bin'.
Alex shared images of his 'modified' books, with the tweet racking up 6,000 likes and 4,000 replies.
He wrote: "Yesterday my colleague called me a 'book murderer' because I cut long books in half to make them more portable. Does anyone else do this? Is it just me?"
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The tweets showed three books cut in half down the middle and re-bound with selotape to hold them together.
It didn't go down particularly well.
One wrote: "I dog-ear pages, underline bits, write notes, drop sauce on them and take them in the bath. But you, madam, need to get in the bin."
Another replied: "Now I am torn! As an advocate of individual freedom, you should be free to do as you wish.
"However, every fibre of my being, is screaming for you to be imprisoned indefinitely and forced to repair books for life.
A third simply suggested: "Buy a kindle dude."
But some stuck up for Alex, as one wrote: "Why are people so precious about the books they buy?
"Crack the spine, spill stuff on it, dog ear pages, who cares as long as you’re reading.
"Swear to god people care more about the satisfaction of others seeing books on their shelf than actually having read them."
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