I collect coffee table books like video games (hint: a lot).
After going to the Manus x Machina exhibit at the MET, I had to have the corresponding book featuring full color images and notes about the pieces. Amazon sells them cheaper than the MET store ($35 vs $50). These MET books are beautifully bound and the paper is high quality. Some of the Manus x Machina pages are slick/metallic, while the China book has a matte feel. The Olsen twins book was bought used on Thriftbooks for under $4 which is insane!
Coffee table books, especially ones about fashion, will be adorning my tables for a long time. They’re often timeless and can keep your guests occupied while you’re doing something else.