I've got a few hardcover books. I usually read paperback, but sometimes I'll find myself with a hardcover book.
Often, these will have jackets on them. Paper jackets that rip and get in the way and fall off when you try to move them. You can't even use them as proper bookmarks, they'll just slip out. (No, I love those covers, why do you ask?)

Is there any harm that it will do to the book itself if I remove the jacket and permanently keep it off?

  • The name I've heard for them is dustjackets. Presumably they're easier to wipe dust off than the cover of the book itself? – Rand al'Thor Aug 19 '17 at 22:24
  • Depending on whom you ask, the jacket is often far more prettier than the hardcover, which is usually bare, with just the title, and no illustration. You'd be harming the book's looks. – muru Aug 20 '17 at 1:30
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    If you separate the jackets from their books, you have the problem of how to store the jackets so they won't be creased or otherwise damaged, and so that you will be able to access a particular jacket when you wish to reunite it with its book. – user14111 Aug 21 '17 at 5:41
  • @user14111 That's assuming you want to keep the jackets - it sounds like the OP dislikes them enough that he might just want to throw them away if they're not necessary on the books. – Rand al'Thor Aug 21 '17 at 9:01
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    @Randal'Thor In case the OP or his heirs want to sell the books some day, it will be better to have the jackets. – user14111 Aug 21 '17 at 9:06

I don't believe dustjackets protect a book to a significant degree. But I am in favour of keeping them with the book.

Dustjackets are often prettier than the book.

The flaps of a dustjacket can be used as bookmarks (unless the book is very big).

The dustjacket can be removed while the book is being read and left on the bookshelf as a marker of where it goes.

This article from 2015 argues for keeping dustjackets on the books - for decoration, for keeping the actual book undamaged, and for the extra information printed on the inside flaps.

But my favourite use of dustjackets (also mentioned at the end of the above article) is for disguising the book I am actually reading.

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