So here are my two To-Do books to illustrate that Yes. YEs. YES. They can be used!
|bound in twisted kettle and link|
|with decorative endpapers pasted to the cover|
|The binding is a 3-thread 'modified leather binding' with the threads braided to form the closure. You may notice an extra loose loop there. That happened when the book got caught by a cat who would not let go. It has not affected the book's use.|
So you can see that I mean it. Even the simplest books made out of the cheapest/only available options can be completely usable and durable.
Make books! Use them!