OK…in a few years this topic will be as outdated as the LP is today or rotary telephones yesterday. But, for those of us who have yet to adopt digital reading via e-readers, how do you mark a page when you are done reading for the day, the moment, the night?
Lets talk about it, do you bookmark, dog ear, remember the page or improvise when it comes to saving a page in a book you are reading?
We are not fans of dog earring a book. To us books are perfectly crafted pieces of technology. Sturdy, reliable, no batteries required. However, their inherent weakness is in their composition. The lovely, often luminescent paper can be fragile and a splash of coffee can render a cherished book ruined. And to dog ear a page seems just criminal!
However, are you a forward ‘dog earer’ or a reverse dog earer? Is this a simple method, best because there is no bookmark to lose?
Or perhaps, if you are like one of the Boston Book Bums, you manage to find whatever scrap of paper, as small as a postage stamp, lying around and wedge it into the binding?
Perhaps you peel off a Post-It Note and slap it on the page?
Now the classy way of marking the last page read, the bookmark itself. Oh yes, we all remember those grade school art projects of white glue, the strip of craft paper and looped piece of yarn. Of course the paper hole punch was supervised by the teacher, just in case some wise-acher kid doesn’t try to ear piece the pig tailed girl in the desk ahead.
However, bookmarks are those loose check out items at book stores, sometimes gifts by non-book consumer for bibliophiles. But when was the last time you bought a bookmark? And what was it? Something campy? Something inspirational? A miniature of your favorite work of art? Or maybe a simple slender ribbon?
Now-a-days you can improvise your own or even craft something creative, like a knitted bookmark. However, we appreciate odd or inventive bookmarks like these oozing page markers (above right) or even three dimensional piece (left.)
So let us hear it, how do you mark your pages?