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What do you think of bookmarks?

I have more bookmarks than I have books!
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Bookmarks are lovable. I own quite a few.
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I have one or two bookmarks. They come in useful from time to time.
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Bookmarks are a waste of time. Who needs them?
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Bookmarks

Postby Frederique » 08 Jul 2015, 18:44

These seemingly insignificant things actually save us a lot of time. Bookmarks are like pens (and people) - they turn up in random places when you need them, they're incredibly useful, and then they usually disappear.

I have about a dozen bookmarks. I use them extensively as I consider them to be more reliable than my memory. On starting a new book, I amuse myself by deciding which bookmark best matches the character of the book. From that point on, the book and its bookmark are inseparable. My "Season's Greetings" bookmark - the one with the cute picture of a robin in the snow - is currently guarding my place in the book that I'm reading on climate change. :twisted:

Do you have any special ones? I have one with my name on that I keep for best. :mrgreen: Are there any Biggles bookmarks out there?
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby Kismet » 08 Jul 2015, 18:51

I never use bookmarks. Bookmarks fall out of books, necessitating much page turning to find my page, and much scrambling on the floor to find the bookmark. This is especially fun on a crowded train, although it does help you to meet new people. I either leave my books open face down (*grins at the collective intake of disapproving breath*) or remember my page number.

I've stitched a few for my mother, though, as she likes a bookmark.
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby Frederique » 08 Jul 2015, 18:59

That's fair enough. They do fall out very easily. They're not so indispensable if you have a good memory. :)

Kismet wrote: books open face down (*grins at the collective intake of disapproving breath*)
:laughspit: This will make headlines with the Book Spine Police. Shocking revelations...
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby Fairblue » 08 Jul 2015, 19:26

I like bookmarks and have a fair few. There are quite a lot that have gone AWOL if not actually deserted, because, as Kismet pointed out, they take great delight in leaping out of your book and hiding until you've given up looking for them.
I persevere with them, but eventually, they do go their own way.

I do have a Biggles bookmark, courtesy of the Envelope Project, from OzB, which I use for all the delightful aviation books I read from the Montrose Museum. At the moment, it is tucked into Ginger Lacey, Fighter Pilot.



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Re: Bookmarks

Postby kylie_koyote » 08 Jul 2015, 19:43

I have some very nice ones, some mediocre ones, and some others that kind of refuse to become lost despite my best hopes to the contrary. I don't always use them, though.
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby Spitfire666 » 08 Jul 2015, 19:53

I do have quite a few bookmarks, but they are a set of Biggles ones so I don't use them in case I lose one! I have one I got from the National Theatre which has a picture of Alan Bennett's hands; I love that because I love Alan Bennett. I am careful with it.
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 09 Jul 2015, 13:57

Fairblue wrote:I like bookmarks and have a fair few. There are quite a lot that have gone AWOL if not actually deserted, because, as Kismet pointed out, they take great delight in leaping out of your book and hiding until you've given up looking for them.
I persevere with them, but eventually, they do go their own way.

I do have a Biggles bookmark, courtesy of the Envelope Project, from OzB, which I use for all the delightful aviation books I read from the Montrose Museum...


I have about a dozen or more that I have used both regularly & at random in the past...usually received with purchases from recognised dealers on ABE, or from local new bookstores wishing to get my business in the future.

But currently I'm using 2 of my Envelope Project bookmarks...one from Arbroath [I wonder who that could be from? lol] & the one you mention FB. Actually, the larger 'Biggles' one is from RSG, mine is the smaller 'faded' one, scanned by me from my 1950's Hodder & Stoughton original. Mine is the mini 'pic' or portrait of Biggles [with the list of books below], pretty much identical to the frontispiece image taken from Takes A Holiday, i.e. in that reddish/black hue. :D
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby Fairblue » 09 Jul 2015, 14:34

Sorry, OzB. (and RSG) :oops: Trust me, with only a choice of two to get it wrong. :sorry2:
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby J349 » 09 Jul 2015, 15:56

I never have enough bookmarks! 'Bookmark' for me is anything I can find, from a scrap of paper to a receipt, or a playing card; anything. I find it difficult trying to remember what page I was on last though, so find them invaluable.
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby tiffinata » 09 Jul 2015, 22:58

Post it notes when I am doing research.
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby Kismet » 10 Jul 2015, 00:29

tiffinata wrote:Post it notes when I am doing research.

Oh yes. I'm with you there!
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby tiffinata » 10 Jul 2015, 03:17

I need bigger notes and to write why I stuck it.
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby Kismet » 10 Jul 2015, 10:25

Way back when I was doing A levels, I wrote notes actually on my books, in the margins, so I had my notes and the text together. It worked very well for me as long as too much didn't need recording.
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby kylie_koyote » 10 Jul 2015, 11:14

Kismet wrote:Way back when I was doing A levels, I wrote notes actually on my books, in the margins, so I had my notes and the text together. It worked very well for me as long as too much didn't need recording.


In high schools over here, the books belong to the school and you get in big trouble if you write in them. But at university, the individual students buy the books, so they can write and highlight all over them, which I did. I also liked purchasing secondhand ones, because of the price difference but also because I thought it was worthwhile to see what the previous year's students had found meaningful. (Thoughtful people would also write notes in the margins like "this is on the exam!")
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby Frederique » 10 Jul 2015, 11:27

kylie_koyote wrote:(Thoughtful people would also write notes in the margins like "this is on the exam!")
:claphappy:

My sister has just finished her A levels, and I swear that there is more of her handwriting in Macbeth than there is printed text.
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby Tracer » 10 Jul 2015, 13:42

I have loads of bookmarks. I never close a book I'm still reading without using one. As I usually have 2 or 3 books on the go, and am at the age where remembering why I just went upstairs is a challenge, it saves me a great deal of angst.

My most beautiful bookmark is a metal Saxon cross that I bought in Glastonbury. Otherwise I use thin card ones.


I would never write in a book :o just wasn't done in my day. And I'm shocked at Biggles turning the corners of his pages.
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby Frecks » 10 Jul 2015, 15:43

I have a lovely bookmark with a drawing of Ginger on it which my husband made for me.
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby HostileCacti » 10 Jul 2015, 21:03

Kismet wrote:I either leave my books open face down (*grins at the collective intake of disapproving breath*) or remember my page number.


Book open, face down, do you then sit or stand on it? :nailbiting:
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby Kismet » 11 Jul 2015, 01:23

HostileCacti wrote:
Kismet wrote:I either leave my books open face down (*grins at the collective intake of disapproving breath*) or remember my page number.


Book open, face down, do you then sit or stand on it? :nailbiting:

Depends whether I'm enjoying it or not!
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby StoneRoad » 09 May 2018, 21:52

Bumping this

I did some years as a "Saturday Assistant" plus holiday relief in a Public Library.

The list of unusual objects that got left as bookmarks would, I think, fill a book.
The staff newsletter circulated all around the county's libraries had an occasional listing -
It had things like love letters, slice of streaky bacon (book ruined), money, return half of railway tickets, shopping lists and so on.

The editor ran a poll, to see what had been used as bookmarks ...
one wit replied "dirty fingers" !

Apart from the oddities list, these mostly seemed to be turned down or torn off corners, and circled or marked page numbers ...
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 10 May 2018, 03:16

"Slice of streaky bacon?!" Wow, crimes against humanity... :faint:
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Postby StoneRoad » 10 May 2018, 09:28

I thought it was some sort of urban legend, but was shown photographs ... the book wasn't anything special, so was chucked, the raw grease had soaked in a bit.
Not sure how old the pics were, but this was back in the mid-1970s !
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby Tracer » 10 May 2018, 10:05

It's so sad that people don't have respect for books - especially as library books are not 'their' books.

I really hate it when people underline phrases or make notes in the margins.
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 10 May 2018, 10:16

Tracer wrote:It's so sad that people don't have respect for books - especially as library books are not 'their' books.

I really hate it when people underline phrases or make notes in the margins.


Totally agree! Now I don't want to get stuck into smokers, but one book I bought from eBay, when it arrived & I opened the package, it just reeked of stale tobacco smoke. And another book I have just read [I got it for free from an extinct RSL library], had tobacco shavings on many pages, which had stained quite a lot of the words over time. Obviously the reader [putting on my Sherlock Holmes deerstalker hat, lol] was sitting reading with the book on their lap, or perhaps a table, & rolling cigarettes above the book...and losing some of the tobacco as it fell into the pages. :?
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby Tommy Smith » 10 May 2018, 10:19

A couple of my Biggles had saucy postcards from way back as bookmarks.
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby elderlyfemalerelativ » 10 May 2018, 10:57

I went to a school re-union last year and someone gave us all bookmarks made from the material from our old (and horrible, don't get me started) school dresses, which I thought was rather nice of her.
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby Frecks » 10 May 2018, 11:40

A very unusual idea EFR. My favourite bookmark is one I found in a second hand book and I use it all the time now. I recently bought a second hand book which reeks of cigarettes. Rolling your own cigarettes reminds me of Mr. Frecks when he was younger. He rolled them very thin to economise on tobacco.
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby Kismet » 10 May 2018, 12:07

I once found an cross stitch sampler recording a wedding in the 1950s (done much later for an anniversary, I think) in a second hand book. I suppose I ought to put it on the internet to see if any relatives are about that I could pass it onto.
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Re: Bookmarks

Postby StoneRoad » 10 May 2018, 12:39

"old" photographs were another frequent find.

If we recognised anyone, they would get a note to collect them.
Or the info was put up on the public noticeboard, we returned quite a few items that way ...
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Postby StoneRoad » 10 May 2018, 13:23

Oh, and like Tracer, I heartily dislike people marking passages or adding notations.
When I was a student, I would take a photocopy, unless it was a long item.
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