Well, I think it might be. (And even if it's not, I like the cleanness of it; the lack of distraction from multiple random book covers with their different colors and fonts.) Anyway, there are lots of untraditional ways with books out there right now. Here's the evidence.
Books facing backwards, and covered wth lovely script paper.
More paper-covered books.
Books lying on their sides, ends visible.
Michelle Adams' bookcase, with books lying flat and stacked.
More covered books. I really love how uniform and seamless this look is. The only problem is finding a book when you want it!
Stacked on furniture.
And as furniture. Books as side tables are everywhere.
Or as just a single tall stack or tower, in Michelle Adams' apartment again.
So where do you stand on books? Are you a traditionalist, organizing them alphabetically or by subject? Or would you go for one of these new ways of displaying them? You can see which trend I am embracing, despite the unpracticality of it. In my case, at least for now, looks trump actually knowing which books I have and where they are!