This bookcase arrived very quickly and was well packed. Bookcase is fit for our purpose which was to house video games and x-box with the tv on top, in my son's bedroom. which has a very limited space. This is why we chose this bookcase and when the description mentioned it was open backed, then it was even more suitable because of leads, etc. However the bookcase came with a back. We decided not to put it on and although it would have strengthened the bookcase, it seems to be holding up ok. Update - having glued all the joints this bookcase is now seriously unstable. We did leave the back off but it was described as an open shelved bookcase. It seemed ok when first assembled but it is now very wobbly. Have had to fit brackets to inside of each corner to strengthen. Beware of this if you have a small tv on top like we do.