A friend of ours had a book tower from a retail store that charged 2x what I paid for from Overstock. The one from Overstock is great, seams sturdy and is now filled with about 30 books. I am pleased with my purchase. My only regret was that it was not a available in black, yet at the end of the day, that is not a problem.
This book rack is just as it appears in the picture is half the price of the ones sold in the higher priced stores. The only thing I wish is that the shelves were adjustable like its competitor which reduces to 5 stars. But for the cost this is perfect for me as it takes my books and magazines off the floor. I didn't use all the shelves so that I could put a decor item on the shelf. Good Find!!
This looked like the the DWR (which I already own) or CB2 vertical bookshelf, but it is really a cheap copy. Each shelf requires 2 screws to hold it to the back spine. The previously mentioned vertical shelves require no screws. Each of these shelves also has a little give, feels flimsy, and can only support 10lbs. Better versions have no give and are much more sturdy and solid feeling. I didn't realize the shortcomings of this shelf until after I had unpacked it and saw the assembly instructions. For less than $$$ I will deal with it. It will cost more in time, effort and shipping to return it. Do yourself a favor and pay more for the better vertical shelves that are out there.
I live in a Towhouse where the rooms are small. I have two towers. One is in a small den, and the second in a small guest room. Because they are horizontal, they take very little room. Best of all--they hold a lot of books and look cute!
I bought this for my son's room: a modern design with brushed metal accents. This book shelf is small and just sort of blah. It would be better if it were at least 1/3 again the size, and if the shelves were larger. I would have returned it, but my son and his friend destroyed the packaging. I would say it's worth less than half the price.