Are Bookmarks Dead?

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Bookmarks. No, I’m not talking about that little tab at the top of your browser that saves your favorite websites for easy navigation. I’m talking those things that we used to put on the insides of our books to save our page.

I’ve never been a huge fan of bookmarks. But I always liked looking at all the cool designs at my elementary school book fairs. And at Barnes and Noble on that little twisty thing. You could always find one that caught your interest that you just had to buy. Give me a bookmark with Katniss on it! Matter of fact, give me all of the bookmarks with Katniss on them! Or Hermione. But really, I probably wouldn’t even use those. One of my older brothers gave me some really fancy bookmarks for Christmas in 2012? And I never even removed them from the packaging. Don’t worry, he doesn’t read this.

And with the advent of e-readers, bookmarks have become even more obsolete than ever before. Your Kindle or Nook or iPad stop exactly where you stop reading. Or you can just use the page numbers as your reference, but you’re never putting your e-reader away with a bookmark sticking out of the top. I mean, that would look a little funny if you did.

I keep my page by remembering where I leave off. For instance, I read in 50 page increments. I’ll never stop a chapter short of the 45th page of reading, so it’s fairly easy for me to keep my place without using a snazzy little bookmark. And I NEVER dog ear my pages. If you do that then I’m punching you in the face. Right now. That’s just cruel and one of the reasons why I’ve never once lent out one of my books to anyone. If I got it back like that I’d be forcing them to get me a new one.

So tell me, do you still use bookmarks, or do you have another way of keeping your page in the book you’re reading? I’m not asking you e-book freaks.

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325 thoughts on “Are Bookmarks Dead?

  1. Nope. You can’t have it. The Gandalf one is mine and I’m not sharing it.

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  2. I can’t believe you always read in 50 page sections! Do you always have the same amount of time to read? I use train tickets or receipts for bookmarks, usually train tickets as they’re the perfect size, shape and stiffness. Don’t think I’ve ever actually bought a bookmark, not when there’s so much free stuff laying around.

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  3. I used to lay a book open face down in order to hold my place. When I learned that ruined the spine of the book, I switched to bookmarks or at least folding down a corner of a page (better than ruining the whole book). My favorite bookmark was a metal one with an awesome motivational quote…that unfortunately did not work well as a bookmark. It is currently sitting on my vanity. Yes, the ancient invention of bookmarks are still being used today.

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  4. I’ve had to have bookmarks to keep my place. If I truly have time to sit and read then I’ll read until I get to a good stopping point. For me personally I’d find it extremely hard to only read in ‘x# of page’ increments. And sometimes I think I have time to read then quickly find out I don’t because my daughter has suddenly lost interest in whatever activity she thought she wanted to spend time on, but now that she sees I’m reading has decided that a good story is better and wants me to read to her. … Wow, that digressed quickly. Well all that to say that I love me some bookmarking action. πŸ™‚

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  5. I am using six bookmarks right now for different books I’m reading. Even a Bible-y one for my Bible.

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  6. Yes I still use them. I have the short-term memory of a goldfish, so I’d forget the page number more often than not. And as for always reading in 50 page increments – I’m (a) not that disciplined and (b) my reading time is frequently cut short by unruly kids (usually mine) among other things. I’m a guerrilla reader – I grab a few pages whenever I can.

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  7. I use bookmarks whenever I read physical books which is a lot of the time since I work in a library and am addicted to ILL program. My favorite bookmark is red and says EAT. SLEEP. READ. In white lettering. Then as a little picture of a solid open also in white. I bought it at Barnes and Noble.

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  8. Thanks for the like and I do still use book marks. I love the book experience, touching it and turning the pages and the smell of a new book is awesome. It troubles me to think that they may become totally obsolete. We should not have everything at the press of a button, it takes the intimacy away.

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  9. Hey John, Thanks for the like on my blog. Speaking of book marks (the real deal) I have a few and I also still like printed books. They are comforting somehow and just feel good! I do find e-readers convenient for traveling and when you just run out of room.

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  10. First thing first, thanks for the like on my post. πŸ™‚

    And then, reaching to this post… I can’t stop the urge to comment on this.
    Yes, bookmark is a must-have thing for me, whenever I have a book around. But I don’t buy bookmarks. I just use anything I could use, like a card-size of picture I got from magazines or something like that. That’s because I usually lost them somewhere, and because it’s practical for me to bring that along anywhere (since I can always keep one or two in my wallet).

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  11. I read on transit, in planes, while waiting for others, on breaks at work as well as when comfortably at home with a solid amount of time to devote to it. I have a couple bookmarks, but I don’t always have them with me. I’ll use what I do have, especially if it is a borrowed book, but if it is my own and I’m in a pinch, I have no problem dog-earring. Then again, I often take notes and underline in my books so I have little expectation of them coming out the other end in pristine condition. A good book is like a good pair of jeans: it tends to get better as it becomes more worn in. The battle marks are usually an indication that I truly can’t put it down so I’ll haul it around with me. This is ultimately why I prefer paperbacks to hardcovers or e-readers.

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  13. I have one wooden bookmark that a friend gave me from Hawaii. It’s the only bookmark I’ve ever had that wasn’t made of paper and didn’t slip uselessly out of the page I had marked, so I love it. Other than that, I typically use whatever thin slice of paper is on hand.

    I used to dog ear my pages when I was younger, I’m not sure why I stopped except that it became inconvenient when I wasn’t particularly interested in a book couldn’t tell which indent was which. I’m not much of a bibliophile; I read a book for its contents and as long as the words aren’t tarnished I’m happy. Although I can’t say I don’t cringe when one of mine gets damaged…

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  14. I love bookmarks! I usually lose them, I have numerous ones laying around, and I always know what page I left out on because 99% of the time when I pick the book back up, the bookmark falls out anyhow. I have actually just started making some personalized ones for my family, and will move on from there.

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  15. I don’t use bookmarks. Somehow, I always manage to find my place in the book without marking it in any way. Don’t ask me how, it just works.

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  16. Hello, and yes, I have several bookmarks I use, ranging from Gandalf to The Big Bang Theory to a fine leather bookmark from Italy a friend gave to me, and sometimes just strips of paper.

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  17. I still read books, not e-books, so yes, I use bookmarks and love them. My favorite is a daisy my mom gave me! πŸ™‚

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  18. I collect bookmarks like some folks collect pens, mugs and magnets! In every room you’ll find a bookmark!! I NEED a bookmark. I don’t spend a lot of money on them (can’t justify spending more on a bookmark than I do a book), but I will splurge if it’s snazzy or unique. Call me ol’ school!

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    • Haha do you have a favorite?

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      • LOL, not really, though for a while I was on a kick to find bookmarks with Lions on them or anything associated with the Zodiac sign of LEO. So one of my favs is an extra long, colorful orange and red deal where the lion’s mane is embossed and extra colorful. And it lists the traits of a Leo. Yah, cheesy, but I love it!

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  19. I love a book mark.I do have the a ‘Mackintosh’ inspired one, but as I might have few books on the go – a post card or business card will do. E-readers sorry not tactile enough.

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  20. I love bookmarks. Some of the fancy ones really aren’t very good for use in a book, but they are pretty hanging on the wall. Yes, I use bookmarks, but they’re usually the free ones I get in a mailer with 40,000,000 address labels and a plea for money. I use bookmarks most often when I’m reading something dry that I won’t finish in a hurry. If it’s something engaging – I just remember what page I was on. And I *never* dog ear pages!

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  21. Call me out of it but I still use bookmarks. My father’s cousin happens to live in Portland, OR the home of Powell’s Books! I know from friends it is the kind of place I could get lost in. Shirley shares my love of books and went in and bought me a Powell’s book bag and picked up a bunch of bookmarks for me. I’m set for awhile…
    I bought a used book online years ago and someone had left a magnetic bookmark in it. The pictures were from Greece and I enjoyed it very much until it finally fell apart.

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  22. Kindle is the way to go for me. No bookmarks, no dictionaries and no light needed.

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  23. Love bookmarks. They’re coming in pretty handy, since now I’m reading about 6 poetry books, a novel and a self-help book all at once. Somehow, reading so much poetry on my kindle all at the same time seems challenging and no fun.

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  24. yep, like a torn piece of envelope or the wrapper off a bandaid.

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  25. I still love bookmarks. I often give (really nice) bookmarks, laminated etc…as a graduation gift at the end of their senior year. πŸ™‚ I also still have some bookmarks that were gifts from others. The oldest one goes back to when I was 11.

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  26. I still use bookmarks, I still buy them too, so I hope they stick around for a while.

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  27. I make my own bookmarks with beautiful scantily clad women: I get a sticker from Stickerchicks.com, and put them on a piece of thin white cardboard. Om nom nom.

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  28. I still use bookmarks. Anything from beautiful ones bought for me, to handmade ones from my kids, to library due date receipts, to kleenex when nothing else is handy!

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  29. I’ve used a kindle for two years now, but I still use bookmarks in all my reference books, travel guides, or books I’m using for research. I love bookmarks and for a while I custom made them as presents for other reader friends, usually a laminated collage of small pictures from the internet that I knew would interest them, with a beaded tassel at the top. Sadly most of my friends use kindles now so I don’t do it anymore, but it was fun while it lasted.

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  30. Over the last few years, I find I have taken to book marks. I read too many books at once to remember which page I am on, and, as you point out they don’t damage the book. I had a dilemma with the book I have just published, I had two different covers (one for print and one for ebook – it’s a long story), I also had a stupidly large number of significant characters arriving on the scene all at once, so I made a bookmark for every print copy. This featured the ebook cover, the cast list and, on the back, info about the Publisher, the price and my websites. It seems to have gone down a treat.

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  31. I like to have a bookmark, I have one with a girl holding a red umbrella with a red tassel. Nothing so pretty as that colourful little tassel lying along the pages of the book waiting patiently for you to open that page πŸ™‚

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  32. Thanks for noting my blogscript

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  33. I love bookmarks! Right now I’m using a Harry Potter one (I have a collection), and a slightly fancier metal one with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt that I bought at Barnes and Noble πŸ™‚ This will sound silly, but for me, having the perfect bookmark is part of the whole reading experience. Okay. And I’ll be honest and admit since I’m usually reading at least two books at any given time, there’s no way I’d ever be able to remember what page I was on!

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  34. ABSOLUTELY NOT!

    I LOVE my bookmarks. My library constantly has free ones, and I’m happy they do because I read several books at any given time. To remember the pages of more than two books would be a hassle for me, so the old-fashioned bookmark is my little literary savior.

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  35. I use them to market my own books. πŸ˜‰ I am a dog-earer, and I have a huge collection of bookmarks from a friend who gives me one every holiday in the hopes of saving me from my self. As far as the e-reader crowd (or which I am one), bookmarks are now part of “swag” that authors give away. No real reason, except I think we all like to remember the tools we once used with real books.

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  36. The library where I work used to keep a collection of bookmarks we found, left in books at check in. We used to tape them on the wall, and the entire wall was covered with them. So bookmark use is alive and well, at least among library users.

    As for myself, I never seem to have one of my nice bookmarks on hand, so I end up using a slip of scratch paper.

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  37. Any scrap of paper will do when I have to put the book down. I kind of like Magic cards. For those of us to whom reading is a target-of-opportunity thing, and who have not shifted our reading habits to ebooks, bookmarks will never die.

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  38. Yes! I definitely use bookmarks! But only what I have available – I’m a recycler of sorts. I would never, never fold down the corner of a page!

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  39. Reblogged this on The Well-Rounded Writer and commented:
    I hate using bookmarks, but I’ve collected my fair share. Dog earring books is the only way I read πŸ˜‰

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  40. I sometimes use bookmarks, but I’m just as likely to use a random scrap of paper, especially if I get a book from the library (our library gives a printout telling you when the book is due on it).

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  41. I just use paper scraps. I lose all my bookmarks!

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  42. I love bookmarks. Unfortunately, mine are starting to look a little rough. To make matter worse, I hate the new bookmarks. Sigh. What’s a girl to do. You know what I really miss, bookplates. You know, the stickers you could put in your books so everyone would know who it belonged to. My dad had some awesome ones, but they don’t really make them anymore. At least I haven’t come across any, so I ended up making my own. I guess I’ll end up doing the same for bookmarks.

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  43. I own loads of bookmarks but never quite enough! I often keep a bookmark in a page that I want to write about (blog) or talk about (bookgroup) and if I run out of bookmarks, *gulp* I’ll dogear the page!
    Oh, and I feel it’s only fair to warn you that I do Kung Fu. You may want to consider that before you inflict retribution for my crimes to book pages! heehee πŸ˜‰

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  44. I dog ear pages, spindle them, fold them down to the exact part I left off, and if it’s near the middle, I fold half the page there. If the page has a line that is so astounding I need to add it to my website’s “Tornado Alley” section of great writing, I ball it up and smash it down. Most of my books look like an origami enthusiast got violent because he couldn’t tear out the pages.

    I now have a kindle. I love it. But you know what? when you make a sudden turn with it while walking, the pages electronically swish to some random section far away, as though the wind did it. And you can’t keep flipping back and forth when you need to remember something.

    Bookmarks. Ha! For neat freaks. Why do I save the cool ones, then, I wonder?

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  45. I still use bookmarks. In fact, I have three books I am reading at any given time and all of them have bookmarks. I agree with you on the folding the corner of the pages…eek! If I do loan a book, I give a complimentary bookmark as well. Thanks for posting this one. I wish I was as disciplined to read in fifty page increments.

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  46. I love bookmarks too! Thanks for taking time away from your writing to visit my blog!

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  47. I like using bookmarks, although I’ve always been able to find my spot again without one – even if I broke off mid-sentence at a weird spot on the page. πŸ™‚

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  49. I usually have several books on the go at the same time, and although I’m pretty good at remembering what page number I was on for each, even if it’s a long time between picking it up, I do like a bookmark just in case. I use event tickets, receipts, scraps of ribbon, as well as ‘proper’ bookmarks. I have a large mug on my bookshelf which holds everything I’m not using. I do hate those magnetic ones though, they’re a faff to open close every time. I would never ever ever fold a page or place the book down open. That’s a pretty serious crime in my house.

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  50. I have a good friend who loves to read used paperbacks. He buys them by the score. On several occasions I’ve seen people ask him about what he’s reading, and he usually offers to share. If they say yes, he’ll tear the book in half — or whatever portion he’s finished reading — and hands it over to the inquirer. He keeps the unread portion, of course, for himself. Watching the faces of the recipients of such largesse is a complete gas.

    I love books. Hell, I write ’em! But I don’t worship them.

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