I'm altering a book. Full disclosure neither of the above are mine as I just started today but I have ripped and gutted to make something pretty. I understand the gasps of horror, prior to getting into art journaling I would have wept at the thought of someone 'killing' a book. Relax these are not classics but old books or thrift books. It helps me a lot to know I'm gutting a Stephen Collins novel. This book had been pre loved several times and passed on to me for free. No free books aren't any less important... This is also usually done with books that already starting to wear pretty severely as a way of giving them a second life.