Marking Books

Okay, okay, I admit it.  All my life, with library books too.  Hang head in shame.  All those turned-over-corners.  I did it.  You can blame me.

The days of embossed leather bookmarks are of course long gone and 62% of people in the poll admitted they turn the corner of the page to keep their place. “I consider that mutilation,” said Simon. “I would never do that, what’s wrong with using bookmarks – tickets, pieces of paper?”

Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust, admitted he had bent the truth. “My first degree was in theology, I got a 2:1 at Durham. I’m embarrassed to say I never finished the Old Testament.”

The results are based on 1,342 responses to a survey on the World Book Day website, and Douglas said that in many ways the results were reassuring. “It shows that reading has a huge cultural value in terms of the way we present ourselves as intelligent and engaged people.”

He said he was far from surprised at the turning down of pages or the 14% of people who admit writing in a library book. “I used to be a librarian and I can tell you books come back in the most horrendous condition. Turning down corners is better than surgical stockings hanging out of Tolstoy.”

From the Guardian piece, Our guilty secrets: the books we only say we’ve read.

Been there about those unfinished books, but what about book marking?  I’m curious — you librarians out there — what sort of stuff have you found being used as book marks? (Or do I really not want to know?)


Filed under Reading

3 responses to “Marking Books

  1. Oooh, shame on you! I’ve managed to convince my kids that it is SO wrong to dogear books, but somehow the logical leap to using a bookmark (anything will do – photos, books of stamps, shreds of newspaper, unused tissue paper) has not been made, meaning I’m always finding books open and face-down. Argh!


  2. Nancy D.

    I’m a retired librarian who sorts book donations at our local Thrift Shop. I’ve come across more than one $20 bill used as a bookmark, as well as numerous ones and fives. Pressed flowers and leaves also show up frequently. I also find pictures of newborns, obituary notices, recipes, and bookmarks of every kind.


  3. I dogear book pages as well, although I do have plenty of bookmarks. Awful, I know. Thought your last question would make an interesting flickR stream….imagine if they took pictures! Hehe…


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.