Sunday, September 8, 2013

IIWK: Novelty Bookmarks

I hate the things. They're worse than cars having priority over bicycles.

Okay, maybe not worse, but they're close. Why do I hate the things? They're bulky and deform the shape of the book.

Now, I agree that signs of a well-loved book include a split spine and the tendency to fall open to often-revisited passages. However, novelty bookmarks artificially prop open the book, deforming the pages, not necessarily to a loved passage, but to the last pages read.

Bookmarks should take part in your memory of the book. Receipts, torn parchment, tickets, and the like, not a piece of metal or plastic that you whore out to your entire library.

Novelty bookmarks are trinkets, nothing more. Don't deform your books with them.


  1. They like destroying the best parts of the book, don't they? Blah!

    1. Less destroying and more deceiving me on which are the best.

    2. That's still just as bad! *nod*


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