Thursday, 14 May 2009

Weekly Geeks – Bookmarks – Mark it Down





For this week's edition of Weekly Geeks, I'd like to focus on one of the most useful tools for a bibliophile: Bookmarks.

Do you use bookmarks or just grab whatever is handy to mark your page? Do you collect lots of different bookmarks or do you have a favourite one that you use exclusively? If you're not someone who uses bookmarks on a regular basis, have you ever used anything odd to mark your place?

If you make your own bookmarks or have a bookmark collection, please feel free to share some pictures with the rest of us.



I am so late with this Weekly Geek quest – but as is my motto “Better Late Than Never’. We are dealing with book marks  week. Do i use them, do i need them, are they worth it and how consistent am i..

I do use book mark and i am not anal about which ones or anything specific to use – I do use a lot of the ones you pick up at bookshops, library and local shops…. I even have the odd ones my son makes me…

My favourite is the sheet of A4 paper that  i have folded in my book that my oldest son gave to me when he was fourteen – I have the original framed and the photocopies i have been using over a few years now – as soon as it goes tatty, i pop a new photo copy out and stick it in my current read.



       (My oldest gave me this years ago -  I Love it for it’s words – but it’s also perfect blackmail material – Also a tie pin i also use – sometimes)


Initially i used to use just about anything to mark the page i am at, so from the odd piece of paper, postcard, greeting cards to a pen in the middle. However when the kids got into reading and i knew i had to teach them book care – I had to actively start using bookmark over the years and have not regretted it.

I find I do need them – they serve a variety of purpose for me.

  • They do the obvious – they mark the page i am at.
  • I have enough so I can also mark the smuttiest pages to get back to easier.
  • They are clean, tidy and just fit – with the odd pieces of anything – you just never know what will damage your books.
  • I am a doodler by nature, so  i tend to go for the plainer type of bookmarks – as i am constantly writing stuff on them – so the odd phone number is known to find it’s way onto them..


                      (my  before bed read last night – as you can see my glasses becomes my bookmark) 


I have been converted to eBooks a while now – so the bookmark are being used less and less – but i do dust the old hard drive as often as i can and my Fitzroy gets all the babying as it can get…


                                                                    ( My Fitzroy)

A few things are general no-no’s for me, I never dog-ears books, i don't fold middle of the page and i never leave books open face down. I just find it a minor form of destroying a book.

I do still have the odd bad habits, like eating over a books or sticking a book under the bed or by the side of the sofa depending on where i am reading at the moment. But all in all – i do have a healthy regard for the books i reads.

What about you? Do you use bookmarks? What kind of bookmarks do you like? Or do you dog ear instead?


12 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 14 May 2009 at 16:19 said...

I have been known to leave a book open now and then. But mostly I use bookmarks, I have these LOTR cards from when you could buy them, and some penpals sent me more. I have so many so now I use one up and move to the next one. They will last me for years.

My newest bookmarks are those that authors have left in the books I get and I do like them

Also have a book thong I just got and that I love :=)

Erotic Horizon on 14 May 2009 at 17:09 said...

Hey Blodeuedd .

I have loads of those and the best thing about them is that they are free.

It nice when you also have alot of them when you can just leave them in a book that you will come back to.


Lily on 14 May 2009 at 17:43 said...

I rarely read print books anymore but when I do I just use whatever is first available. Sometimes a postcard, or I'll stick 2 post-it notes back to back and use that. On the ebook reader it's easy cause it automatically comes up to the page I was reading, although it does have a bookmark feature.

Many years ago I did have an extensive bookmark collection but after a while I gave up on them and just used what was on hand.

BTW, I love your glasses :)

Lea on 14 May 2009 at 18:03 said...

Hey EH:

Great post!

I love bookmarks! I like matching bookmarks to the books too (I know a little weird - but what can I say)...

I don't dog ear either. I actually collect bookmarks like books!!! lol

Warm Regards

Erotic Horizon on 14 May 2009 at 19:04 said...

Hey Lily.

I am with you with the books - I do read a lot of ebooks, but I still like to have my printed books handy I will always love the print no matter what ..

Post it book mark - I know so well...

I lose my bookmarks so easily - I never had the chance to build up a collection.


Erotic Horizon on 14 May 2009 at 19:06 said...

I think that is so cute when you get the book and the bookmark together - I think Amy C collect those as well.

Glad to see you have book care right in the forefront as well...

BTW.. enjoying your contest alot..


Erotic Horizon on 14 May 2009 at 19:07 said...

Hey Lily..

Thanks for the comment on my glasses - I love them a lot - i have gone through so many lens but i always keep the same frame.


Blodeuedd on 14 May 2009 at 20:18 said...

Lol, yes there are books I seem to have started years ago and then I found old bookmarks in them. It's like that with my own books. Before now, I mostly focused on library books

Blunt Editor on 14 May 2009 at 21:18 said...

I confess I fold the page corners down on mass-produced prints but not on hardbacks. I'll slap myself so it saves you the job. With hardbacks, I remove the cover sleeve so it doesn't get damaged.

Strange, because I own many bookmarks that authors send me after I've edited their books. I've got them in a pile on my desk. I won't use them because I don't want to lose them.

Yes, I do have a heart. Sometimes.

However, thinking on it some more, if I read a print that I've edited, I don't sully the pages or even open the book enough to crease the spine. And if anyone wants to borrow them? A flat-out NO! Especially if they've got signatures in them.


Erotic Horizon on 14 May 2009 at 21:32 said...

I get you with the Hardback covers - I do try to keep them pristine so if I end up giving the book away, it's in good quality..

As much books as I get though the post - I really get bookmarks - not a bad thing - as I have a few trusty ones and I do the ereader a lot..

I use to be a hoarder of books - but I literally am running out of space - so I have to give them away. I have no choice - I have tried to convert as much as I can to ebook though..


claire on 17 May 2009 at 03:36 said...

I love your Appreciation bookmark, so original and very meaningful. You probably use it a lot for blackmail as much as for bookmarking, lol.

Erotic Horizon on 17 May 2009 at 06:58 said...


You just so get it... nothing says blackmail for a boy than something mushy...

I really love that piece of paper...
As a bookmark it's not bad either..