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What is the difference between a bookshelf and a bookcase?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (17130points) June 25th, 2019

I am saving up to buy two for my living room and am wondering which I should buy?

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YARNLADY's avatar

A book case has a back and a bookshelf does not .

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@YARNLADY So I want two book cases. Thanks. I might look on WayFair later for book cases on sale.

kritiper's avatar

A book shelf is something you might hang on a wall and has one shelf whereas a book case is a self contained, free standing unit that may have two, three, four, or more shelves, and even a top area where you could put other stuff.

stanleybmanly's avatar

The clue is in the word shelf, which is singular. A single plank will suffice.

flo's avatar

Just a guess:
Bookshelf: the wall is serving as the back.
Bookcase: whether it has a back or not it’s portable. But usage-wise, no difference.

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