I like old, battered books. Most of mine are dog-earred, water damaged, battered and broken. I don't think i can even say I have all the HP books any more because I'm missing about 50 pages from various books
i'm sorry, but, while accidents happen, this seems to cross the line into abuse to me. at the very least i'm baffled by how you can even read, let alone enjoy the books any more if they have seriously damaged and/or missing pages.
feel free to enlighten me though.
I agree. While I used to treat my books horribly(which I blame on the kid logic of "well I didn't pay for them"), I now treat my books like I have the only copy in existence. Accidents do happen though, as my water damaged copy of World War Z shows. My Harry Potter books on the other hand, are pretty beat up. Number one has the entire middle half of the book broken out. Two is paper back, so it is pretty destroyed. Three is broken at the spine. Four is banged up and covered in stains, mostly from Doritos, same with five. Six is in perfect condition, as even though I went to the midnight release, I got 300 pages in and quit due to some misgivings I had with it. It ended up in a box in my closet. I did not buy seven until Part 1 came out, and even though it is paperback it is still in perfect condition.
Bookmark. Bookmark. Bookmarkbookmarkbookmark. NEVER EVER DOG-EAR, AAGHAGHDG.
:) My family now carries book marks with them where ever they go for the simple reason that if I see a stranger dog-earring a book I will hand them a bookmark.
anything works for a bookmark. A flyer, a sticky note, a handkerchief - anything. I never dog-ear. I feel physical pain whenever I find one page crinkeled. :(
Fun fact: around here we call it a donkey ear :)
i constantly lose bookmarks, i have a complete inability to keep one for more than a day, but i dont like to dog-ear the pages... i use whatever is nearest to me when i need to stop reading, a bit of tissue, a hair band, a bank statement...
My friend says she likes her books to look well read so abuses them as much as she likes! I tell her off whenever i see them lying around her room, spine bent past 180 degrees or a cup of tea staining a sticky ring on the cover. I say that looking after my books means that they'll last me a long time and eventually they'll naturally look a bit scruffy, when they have actually been well-read!
Bookmark all the way. Keeps the book in good condition and a bookmark is better. Mine is a beer mat...which says a lot haha
I definitely use a bookmark. I don't know why but, every time I see even the slightest crease in a page in my book I become obsessive and attempt to straighten it in any possible way. And when that fails, I finish the page as fast as I can so I can move on and not have to look at the terrible crease. I'm not sure why it bothers me so much, but it's like some thing in my brain starts to focus completely on that crease and nothing else. So I use a nice bookmark that was knit with a beautiful Native American pattern. I'm a fan of the cloth type bookmarks, however if my usual bookmark is not in sight I will seriously put anything able to fit between two pages in my book until I find said bookmark.
In addition this is a very clever topic lol
I have a special bookmark with Hagrid riding his fling motorbike on it. Obviously, that is in frequent use due to its inherent awesomeness :P
Dog eared pages are one of my biggest pet peeves. Whenever I see a dog eared page, I just have to straighten it out. needless to say, I always use bookmarks, sometimes I use an actual bookmark, but a lot of the time, I just use the checkout slip from the library, since most of the stuff I read is from there.
I just CAN'T dog ear books. If it happens by accident, I'm cool with that. But if I do it...well actually I can't do it. I don't see it as abuse, I just want to keep my books in the best condition I can. I use scrap paper or the receipt for the book. Just random things. Nothing special