Dog ear or bookmarks?
My book? Dog ear. Your book? Bookmarks.
You are a good person Rosemary.
I don’t read “books” much anymore, but I’m with you Rosemary – mine are dogeared… Yours, bookmarks. I’m weird because I love well worn, well loved books. If I were a published author I’d want people to enjoy my work, including dog eared pages and water marks from reading in the tub or near the pool. I suppose that’s because I read where I can, which means I’m not always sitting in a comfy chair meticulously turning pages.
Susan Trapp Hartman Exactly. Clearly, we are soulmates. <3 I also love well worn books.
@Rosemary I’m glad to have a soulmate! Reading these responses I’ve come to realize I’m a … monster! 🙂
@Susan come over here and sit by me, and we will have a silent book club conversation by making notes in each other’s books. Added bonus – we can reread the book AND the conversation!
Fellow monster! Let’s get coffee 🙂
@Laurie and we won’t worry if the coffee drips on our books! Years later, we will pull those books off of the shelves, look at the coffee drips, and remember a lovely afternoon, filled with monsters. 😀
“Dog ears” is cruelty to books. Always use bookmarks.
Cruelty to books? I don’t think that one can be “cruel” to inanimate objects. 🙂
I agree with Debbie, wholeheartedly
Book marks. Dog ear is book abuse!
Or the checkout receipt from the library!
Definitely bookmarks. I cringe when I see a dog eared page.
I use my library receipt.
Bookmarks (which may include scraps of paper, unused tissues, thread, receipts, cellphone … when book is left open, so more like a paperweight, another book (ditto on the paperweight), those things that fall out of magazines, carefully placed paper clip, ribbon, one arm on your glasses… have I forgotten any?) Oh. actual bookmarks!
Here’s your trivia for the night those “things” that fall out of magazines? They are called “blow ins.” They are actually blown into the magazines during the printing/production of the magazines. So there ya have it … a piece of useless information!
NO! NO! NO! to dog ears. There are too many items to use as bookmarks, even if you don’t purchase any.
The pearl clutching on this thread is amusing. Do y’all write in your books?
I guess I am all alone here, but my books are TOOLS. Unless we are talking about the Gutenberg Bible, they were printed by the MILLIONS. Books are not precious items. They are tools. To be used.
The stories of Abraham Lincoln have been deeply ingrained, lol.
… and yes, I write in my books. If you borrow my book, I’d love it if you’d write in it, too. Then, years from now, when I re-read it, it’s like we are having a tiny conversation about a mutually loved book. <3
I’ve swung with the pendulum on this one…I dog-eared and annotated my books for years. But then, I began selling my hardbacks, and realized that the buyers might appreciate a cleaner book, then I started moving a lot and using libraries which of course meant bookmarks. THEN I switched to Kindle lol.
@Deb Yes, if I were going to sell my books, then I’d not “abuse” (LOL!) them either. But, I don’t sell them, and I mostly buy them used, as well.
I also use my kindle for 99% of my current reading. And I highlight like mad, lol.
@Rosemary, same here with the highlighting!
Some I write in and some I prefer to keep nice.
Are they my books? I’ll do what I want. Lol *jk* I love bookmarkers!!!??❤️
The only book I dog eared was Cujo. ?
Dog ear…unless the book doesn’t belong to me!! ? ❤️
Bookmarks. Even if I have to use scrap paper, tissues, or an Emery board.
Pen. I make notes. English major. Habit ingrained in me now.
ME TOO. It’s like I am talking with the author. And, years later, I love flipping through books to see what I wrote in the margins. Nearly always, I don’t remember ever having written it, and it is like I am talking to myself, over the years. I can’t tell you how I love that.
This thread is hilarious! I like my books worn and aged. Feels like an old friend with whom I am comfortable.
Ashlea Garr I know! When I loan out my books, I tell people that I perfectly expect to see some coffee rings in there!
I am also pretty handy with book repair. I can fix just about any book problem. 🙂
I take notes on notepads, not in my books. I was also an English major.
@Rosemary – I think we are in the minority on this one. Haha!
I dog ear, which is why I posed the question. I like to stir it up! My books were stained, dog eared, dropped in water, full of sand, you name it. But now I’m on Kindle!
My English professor absolutely insists on annotating the text itself. So it’s torture when I read something I can’t set pen and/or highlighter to…
OMG: bookmarks!! Us librarians say there’s a special Hell for dog ears!
Get over yourselves. Cruelty to books? Ha!
I worked at Barnes & Noble many years ago, and I remember this woman took a beautiful coffee table gift book from the shelf. She sat down at a table in the cafe, cracked the book backwards and proceeded to break the spine on the book – because “she wanted it to lay flat.” She didn’t have a clue that you just don’t do that to a $75 book that can no longer be sold as a gift. The fact that she is still alive is by the Grace of God….I wanted to kill her. There are just certain things you don’t do to a book. So dog ears? Boo…..
I wish books were made so they would open and lie flat without messing up the appearance of the spine!
I worked at BN too. This would drive me up the wall. My blood pressure would actually rise.
That woman must pay! No books for her ever again!!!
I agree that it is wrong to do this to a book that is for sale, you have to pay for it first. But I always do it to my own books, and sometimes slip and do it to library books. Because I hate it when a book resists my attempts to read it.
Bookmarks, always bookmarks 🙂
How do y’all sleep at night, knowing that thousands upon thousands of books are languishing in the landfills?
And how about book crafts? This must give y’all straight up nightmares.
Book crafts make me cringe???
Do you all remember the Christmas trees and Angels made from old Reader’s Digest issues, spray painted silver or gold?
@Margaret Have you seen the modern version of this craft? People are so clever – my daughter’s mother in law made the most amazing folded-page-book-crafts to be used as decorations for the rehearsal dinner. Just mind-boggling.
That’s pure book torment!
Mark of the Book.
Dog ear….that’s a sin! Bookmark only
A sin? The nightly news must be torture for you. 😉
@Rosemary just a saying
Dog ear never never never. I can’t even do it to magazines.
Do you keep your magazines, or throw them away?
Some I keep, some I pass on to my sister.
Bookmarks, and only a thin bookmark that won’t damage the binding.
Bookmark, or, in the case of a hardback, the flaps from the cover.
Bookmark, I usually use a sticky note. Even as a college student I could not bring myself to highlight in a text book!
How you love your books behind closed doors is your business! ? The paperback books I own look lived in–dog ears, coffee rings, and the occasional water stain from a teardrop or two (depending on the book).
Of course bookmarks and care with borrowed books!
I like the “dime store” paperbacks for the purpose of reading in the hot springs. You can dunk those and they come back strong! They don’t ripple or anything! The only problem is that the spine will wear through, so before a trip to the hot spring, I run a line of packing tape up the spine and then it is ready for a nice long soak.
Bookmarks and if I lend a book to someone and it comes back damaged in anyway I will no longer lend books to that person. Not as fussy with paperbacks.
Memory. I personally don’t like the look of dog eared books and never really managed the habit of a bookmark. Making a mental note of the page number before closing it has always worked fine for me.
Oh my…I don’t think I would EVER remember!
I’m the same. I’ve learnt to remember the page number. From all the times the bookmark has fallen out. I kinda forced myself to remember ?
Occasionally I’m a page or two off but close enough I can find my place again quickly.
Lol yep! I can remember my page number but never where I last set my bookmark!
My daughter used to wail when the book mark fell out of the library book. “I lost my place!” she’d cry.
“No, it’s still in there,” I’d say.
Dog ears…”built-in” bookmarks!!???
NEVER dog ear, never!
Do what you want to your own books, but if you dog ear my books I’ll hunt you down and slice you like a melon!!!
I usually fold a post it in half and that’s my bookmark.
Is that really a question???
More of a poll, I guess. I dog ear, but have been given book marks which is a thoughtful gift. Then I lose them.
Is there really a choice?!?! ?
And then, we have a book like this, which is already written in. You folks who believe in the possibility of book-cruelty are advised – STAND CLEAR, lol.
Dog ear on books I own!
Differing opinions, but for me a book well read has dogmarks, saved pages, notes in the margins and pages that get so worn from re-reading, I tape them back in. ?
Exactly. A tool. A book is a TOOL!!
I just finished a library book and it was dog-eared, stained and almost falling apart. I thought..this book has been read and loved, she’s been “around the block.” Kinda neat. ?
I don’t dog-ear anymore, I prefer a bookmark, but I don’t hate on folks who do.
Can’t turn those pages down. Bookmark.
Unfortunately dog ear
I enjoy a good bookmark! Sometimes it’s a traditional laminated one, sometimes a concert or theater ticket stub…they all have a story.
@Susan I get a little thrill when I buy a used book and it has an airplane boarding pass, or a train ticket, or some other ephemera which suggests that this book went on a trip with its previous owner. Just love that.
Bookmark. I’ve been using a Barcelona T-10 Metro pass recently. ??
Never dog ear , always a book mark .
I dog ear, even with a bookmark, and I have no idea why. Chaotic evil.
Bookmarks! Never dog ear, not even magazines that I’m going to recycle. Dog ear just feels…..wrong.
Only monsters dog-ear books to mark their place. Fight me.
I like the look of a rundown, abused book because it has been read by many or repeated.. For me books are meant to be read and not kept like new. I also am happy seeing tattered textbooks than almost new ones at around the end of a school semester.
Just my 2 cents.
Agreed. A book that’s worn is usually well-loved.
Totally agree. A well worn book is usually a loved book… or at least a well used one.
Dog ears if it’s my book. Bookmarks fall out too easily. I’ve also been known to make margin notes and underline. I know, I’m a heathen. ? (No shame)
What sort of sociopathic barbarian would dog ear a book ?
Me! I’m a monster! 🙂
Oh no! NEVER dog ears!!!
Bookmarks – the lecture the librarian gave to my first grade was most effective.
Memorize page # where I left off or next chapter # or title.
Bookmarks. I worry about the long term damage of creasing corners.
I’ve been a reader for over 60 years a s have NEVER dog-eared a book. I’ve put some strange things in between the pages to save my place or even just try to remember the page number.
Dog ear. No shame in my game. I’m a lifelong reader, and never used a bookmark. They are a pain in the butt.
dog ear what I own, bookmark what I don’t
I never Dog ear, bookmark!
Bookmark! More like an old receipt or a napkin or a dollar bill…. But never dog ears!
Post it bookmark
Yay! I’m not the only one who collects them!
Reminds me of a cartoon I recently saw…..it’s tagline was: “There are two types of people in this world; those who use bookmarks and ….monsters!
Omg bookmarks ? who dog ears a book
Bookmarks, unless it’s a school text lol
Dog ear, not just for my place but words I want to look up, sections I want to reread or share. Books are a living, breathing thing and a few wrinkles don’t matter
i hate dog ears. we were taught as kids never to do it.
Bookmark for sure
Dog ears are mutilations.
Bookmarks, who would admit to anything else!?! LOL
Bookmarks… nice bookmarks even?
Sorry but who actually dog ears their books?
me…and proud to do so
Bookmarks only. Dog eared books are a huge deal-breaker.
bookmarks… don’t mutilate a book with a dog ear..
A bookmark can’t remind you if you stopped on the left side or the right side of a page. A dog ear can. It does not “damage” the book. When you begin reading again, you simply unfold it. You do not have to crease it to a permanent wrinkle, just bend it gently and it falls back in place when the book is eventually reopened and then shut tightly again. I generally buy my books 2nd hand anyway. As a teacher, I do whatever it takes to put books in the hands of my students so that means I have even duct-taped the bindings of them. It is disturbing to me to imagine the millions of books published yearly that are never read. A book that “looks read” to me is a happy book. So yes,I will admit that I dog-ear my books. This does not remove the words. That being said, I actually prefer a Post-It-Note 🙂 I have been known to write in my books, too. . . With a pen. :-O
Over a period of time, dog earring can damage a book, if it is done over and over again (library books). If it is your own book, I don’t care what people choose to do. But I can’t tell you how often library books wind up damaged because so many people the same pages over and over again, causing them to rip…and usually when they rip, it isn’t just the corner that comes off…it usually takes off words.But if one person is dogearring a book, it doesn’t do quite the same amount of damage! 🙂
I would not dog ear someone else’s book (or write in it!). I was referring to my own.
then I agree completely – I use book marks, but do write in my books if I have something to write/comment on. And I truly don’t care what people do with their own books. The library book situation frustrates me because we have had to weed out books that were in otherwise decent shape, but missing chunks off the tops of pages…
. . . Anyone dogearring a book down as far as the words on the page is overdoing it.
@Melissa I have to say that I’ve never seen such a big dog ear. Like, never. 🙂
It isn’t necessarily that large of a dog ear. Just that people tend not to dog ear at the same place, so it winds up wearing a large chunk. When that chunk comes out, it tends to tear out words…at least with our patrons.
Never would damage a book with dog ears!
Not dog ears, c’mon, you know better!!
Bookmarks. I collect them. Have them from almost everywhere I’ve been, including all over Europe. Too many to ever use!
Can we see them? ?
^^yes pics please!! I wish I would have thought of doing that when I’ve traveled!! Maybe I’ll start!!
@Zoe You want to see my bookmarks? Yeah, I could do that–but they are at home, and I’m at work. I’ll try to remember later to take a few pics.
I decided a long time ago that I can’t afford to buy souveniers everywhere I go, but I can afford a bookmark; I used to buy pencils too, but I stopped that a long time ago.
I would love to see them ? I collect designer key chains. I think I have four! LOL
Bookmarks & I always try to stop reading on the left hand side.
Both…if necessity requires, dog ear lightly.
My favorite bookmark “book flips”https://bookflip-shop-com.myshopify.com/
BOOKMARKS!!! Even tissues work.
Bookmarks! And then I also check the page because I know one of my little monsters will pull out my bookmark.
My daughter used to think it was hilarious to move my bookmark to a different page! Now she’s older but still a little monster at heart!
Definitely bookmarkers. My mommy taught me very early that to turn down corners hurt the books! Now I like to collect them too!
Several years ago I started using BOOK DARTS. They are attractive and paper preservation friendly.
Are they stickers?
Bookmark. Dog ear is for heathens???
Bookmark, unless I’m not home and don’t have anything to use as one. At home I have a whole pile going ?
Bookmark made of absolutely anything NEVER turn over corners horrid habit
Depends if it is mine, or borrowed.
If it’s your book do what you want
Bookmarks, though sometimes dog ear if paperback I own.
bookmark of course!
Oh, I like that one!
thanks! It;s Australian metal bookmark…
Only bookmark. Bending book pages is a crime!
Bookmarks- I would be horrified if someone creased a page of my treasure! (Which means almost any book published)?
AND if I don’t have a real bookmark, I will use anything flat.
I use those postcards that fall out of magazines. I also use receipts laying around in the bottom of my purse.
Never dog ear.
Neither. I memorize the page I’m on. I can read multiple books at once and do so.
Sheesh. I have a hard time memorizing my own phone number … 😉
Bookmark. Although it might not be an actual bookmark-made-for-that-purpose. I’ve used anything from tissues to another book to a ripped off piece of cardboard. I have to admit that it’s much easier with my Kindle, since it just opens to the page I’m on!
Dog ear is fine if it’s your own book, not the library’s
Bookmarks, I’m not an animal!! ???
BOOKMARKS. Full stop.
As a library employee, please don’t dog ear library books! It wears them out faster!
Never, and I use the library often. I like to leave books at my local book swap box (got a good one yesterday) or donate once I’m finished.
Bookmarks for most. Might dog ear if book is mine, old, not valuable.
That’s not a serious question, is itß
Do questions have to be serious?
Depends on whose book it is.
Personally, I like to rub my dog’s ears while reading. And then I use a bookmark. ?
How dare you ask…..
Bookmark always have and always will xx
bookmarks, of course. I’m not a monster….
Surely no book lover on this site would mangle a book with a dog ear!
It’s hardly mangling, jeez!
Yes! Depends on where I got the book, but I use both. Mainly bookmarks though.
You are so brave to admit this. I have to admit I don’t do either because I only read ebooks.
Bookmarks all of the way!
Bookmarks always !
bookmark… or memorize the page..
Bookmarks, which can be anything from receipts, sweet wrappers or bus tickets to ‘proper’ ones! Whatever is to hand, basically, to avoid dog ears
I use bookmarks to mark the place while reading, but fold corners down to mark things I am likely to want to look up or refer to again.
Paper Back I dog ear. Hard cover I bookmark it.
Bookmark! I can’t even loan a book if I think they will use dog ears.
I would never dog ear someone else’s book or a library book, but I will dog ear my own books. I don’t mind them looking well-loved.
Bookmark. Or post-it note.
I’m just converting to bookmarks. I have to admit, I’ve led a terribly naughty existence.
But a good one…?
Either, mostly dog ears
Bookmarks, own about 50 .
Both. Which one depends on what kind of book it is.
Almost anything will work for a bookmark in a pinch, Dog earring is so bad, bad, bad. You can use a scrap of old paper, even toilet paper, a string, a piece of yarn. Tear a piece off the newspaper. Gum or candy wrapper, anything until you can get to a proper bookmark. There is just NO excuse. So consider yourself lectured to and you’ve gotten a good talking too. Hence forth you will know better.
What if the sweet wrapper is sticky?
Appropriate punishment awaits me in the closet…
We were taught from a young age never to damage a book.
Bookmarks, napkins, cat tails you name it lol
You stick your cat’s tail in the book? xD
@Aimee well lol when I read they always sleep next to me and when I can’t find my bookmark and I need to get up for a moment I just put their tails in lol
Come on all you dog ear people! Lets hear from you!! Don’t be intimidated by the majority bookmark folks – Dog Ears Forever!! I write in the margins – blot my lipstick – check the ink in my pens by scribbling on my book pages – drip soup all over my books. They’re just . . . things.
You do have a point and they belong to you so… carry on
Oh, I’m always dropping things on mine, frequently drop them in the bath as well.
@Louise I did that once with a library book. Had to pay for it of course; it dried warped.
Arrgh Lenora ! lipstick….pens…soup !? Wait let me guess….do you let your tea / coffee dry out in your cups as well ?…. Maybe even lick the jam spoon dry and back in the drawer ?….. You’re not coming to my book club…… What is civilization coming to ?
I like you Kevin
Hey. I had my say. No shame in my game
My book, my money, my life! I’ll do what I want!
Dog ear the page as I am always losing my bookmarks.
Book darts! Total game changer for me: https://www.bookdarts.com/
If it is MY book…I wont hesitate to dogear it
I buy used books anyway. ..lol.
And that is why you are being removed from this group. Goodbye !
@Kevin wow I just got here. Literally today. Lol
book mark, Those who dog ear a books even their own, should be shot. LOL
Nonsense. If it’s my book, I can do what I like with it.
I can’t do whatever I want with my own book? Wow.
A tad too confrontation for this group.
fair enough, no offense is intended
Hey, none taken here…even if I am running away… ??
It’s a joke, she even said lol. I don’t think it’s aggressive at all.
Just saw the LOL so I’m LOLing.
Bookmarks! Or I put my pen there. I love to write all over everything in a book!
Worse than dog earing !
Anything but dog ear! I will kill a mf if they dog ear one of my books. My dad always did so maybe ptsd…?
Bookmarks. Usually, they end up being postcards or bookmarks that I picked up at conventions that advertise books other books. If I lose them somehow then whoever finds it gets to learn about a book they might not otherwise been aware of.
I use anything, junk mail envelopes, to-do lists, basically anything paper and I make beaded bookmarks.
Oh, hurts to even see the word, dogear. Always bookmark, or something else; scrap of paper, piece of junk mail, etc.
Librarians cover that in Lesson 1: Bookcare every school year. ALWAYS the bookmark!
Bookmark or memorize the page number.
Little post it tabs
Me too. Any post it thingy works well.
I love that I can move it through out the book to mark my progress.
I use those a lot if there are pages that I need to keep flipping back to, such as a family tree, or a glossary, or where the footnotes begin. I love those little things.
Bookmark. My mother would have killed me if I damaged a book!!
Never dog ears
Does it matter as long as you’re reading it? I use dog ears, bookmarks, glasses etc!
Ahhh. Never dog ear.. .
I’m okay with dog ears, but I prefer post-it notes.
Clutching my heart! Never dog ears!
Bookmark! I use random things as bookmarks though lol
I use small post-its–they are perfect, cause no harm, and can include a note about whatever is on a page that you’d like to be able to find again or just your place.
Bookmarks! (I personaly have 6-8 in one book ?)
Bookmark Quel horror !!! Dog earring makes me cuckoo
Book marks….there are so many kinds; some are works of art almost.
dog ears, sorry
No apology necessary! I had no idea when I posted this query what a “passionate group” bookmark people are…or maybe just anal!. Haha
I always dog ear when it’s my own personal book!?❤️?
Bookmarks, I have quite a collection!
No dog ears! Interesting bookmarks are fun!
Only a non bookie would dig ear something!
Only a non bookie treats books like they are holy relics. A real bookie knows that books are TOOLS. 😉
Two can play this game, haha.
Bookmarks…I print one for each book.
Those of you who dog ear weren’t raised by my mother! It was almost a sin to dog ear.
Hush your mouth – dog ear?! LOL
If I have something to use as a bookmark, I’ll use it. If not, I dog ear the page.
Neither. Goodreads. I keep track of my progress/where I left off with the app.
Sort both but most often dog eats. I got kids who knock things over and book marks fall out.
BOOKMARK!!! Never, ever dog-ear….clutching my chest!
EBooks ended my conundrum! ?
When I used paper, primarily, my guiding question was, “Owned or borrowed?”
The latter. All day long.
Bookmark!!! It’s a book!
Dog ears and book marks
Dog-ear. bookmarks are for sissies.
Book markers !!!
Book marks b/c most of my books are from the library ?
Bookmarks only. I don’t like to dogear unless it’s a magazine or catalog or something I view as “disposable/recyclable.” No moral judgement or real reason that I’m aware of, just always been that way for me.
I think I’m a little crazy but I tear off little pieces of paper and mark each chapter. As I get to that chapter I throw it away. I use a bookmark to mark the actually place I’m stopped at.
Bookmarks. Can’t stand to dog ear, although I did it exclusively when I was younger.
I was once on a plane and my seat mate had an interesting way of keeping his place in a paperback. Every time he finished a page, he ripped it out. He said it lightened his load as he traveled. But I found it a bit upsetting.
Me too. I would have taken it away from him and beat him with it
I did that once with a book I had dropped in the bath that got too badly soaked to salvage, it was falling apart. So I just read it and discarded each page when I had finished it.
I knew someone in college who cut out each chapter in his textbook so he only had to carry one or two chapters at a time.
I mean, I get it to an extent, but that seems… messy? You’d end up with a bunch of loose leaf pages. I suppose you could hole punch and put them in a binder but that starts to seems like a lot of work for slightly less weight to carry around. Plus reusability for studying at later dates for tests or finals would be a pain.
He just stapled them
My husband rips his books in half so they aren’t so heavy.
I think somewhere in the world, a dog ear person just got their wings! ? I mean, ripping books!
Sounds like you all need to meet the greatest bookmarks of all times. (I’m not affiliated with the company–just love these to death.) Thanks for reminding me I need to order some pronto. https://www.bookdarts.com/
Without a doubt – bookmark, be it a grocery store receipt, paycheck stub, or dinner napkin – never a dog ear! But be prepared to have your earnings revealed to library staff, when u forget to remove the aforesaid paycheck stub….true story.
And in your little town, that info would be really scrutinized!! 🙂
Ugggh, it was!! On second thought, maybe a dog ear isn’t such a bad idea!
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