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Dog Ears!
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Bookmarks of course...
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I use my web browser for bookmarks, where's the dog ear option in firefox?
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the most epic book debate ever conceived (Bookmarks)

Postby mosc » Tue Oct 02, 2007 10:15 pm UTC

dog ears or bookmarks?

I seem to always loose bookmarks. Probably because they stick up outside of the rectangular form of a book. I know some people have trouble with loosing their dog ears (or forgetting to make a new one) as well but I have never had that issue.

Recently, somebody was telling me how it was much better to dog ear a book you cared about as well because the bookmark was far more damaging to the spine.

Gotta admit though, some bookmarks look might fine ;)
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby Gofyr » Tue Oct 02, 2007 10:18 pm UTC

Can't say I've ever used an actual bookmark other than those strips of ribbon stitched into some hardbacks. I tend to dogear or find anything that comes to hand. CDs, even money. I'm not much for keeping books pristine, they're supposed to get creased

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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby __Kit » Tue Oct 02, 2007 10:20 pm UTC

I live on the wild side of life...Dogearedily.
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby Angelene » Tue Oct 02, 2007 10:50 pm UTC

Oh dear, my poor books are in bits. I hardly ever reread a book so I don't see the point in investing in hardback copies and by the time I'm finished with a paperback it's usually a shell of its former self, particularly if it's a rather thick book...it's usually all dog-earred and the spine is broken..but it adds character, non?!
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby Freyja » Tue Oct 02, 2007 11:02 pm UTC

Honestly, neither. I actually remember what page I leave off at. I always lose bookmarks and my mom used to yell at me for folding down the corners of pages, so I just started to remember page numbers.
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby jack » Tue Oct 02, 2007 11:13 pm UTC

Use a bookmark. You barbarians!

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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby une see » Wed Oct 03, 2007 12:33 am UTC

I use a bookmark because I only read library books (too poor to actually buy them), and they have really handy bookmarks in the books just for us. Although sometimes I bend and unbend page corners just for fun. :O
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby liza » Wed Oct 03, 2007 12:45 am UTC

If I'm reading a book that requires stopping between chapters and/or several weeks of reading effort, bookmarks. How can one lose a bookmark? If you have a bit of paper or a similarly thin scrap of something, you have a bookmark.

Otherwise, I just remember page numbers/chapter numbers. It's not difficult. I do it about 90% of the time.
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby Flying Betty » Wed Oct 03, 2007 1:12 am UTC

If I'm not going anywhere, face down open to the page. I'm sure this is way worse than a bookmark. If I do want to bookmark something, I use the nearest scrap of paper, which promptly falls out and I find my place by flipping through until I get to the part that I last read.
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby George Orr » Wed Oct 03, 2007 1:50 am UTC

I either dog-ear it or remember which page I am on. I'm not terribly concerned about the health of a page corner or two. They recover easily, anyways, and the words are more important...

The one thing that gets me is when people leave books face-down, spread-eagled, however you want to put it...it's just painful.
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby davej » Wed Oct 03, 2007 4:09 am UTC

I use a pinochle 'how to' playing card as my bookmark. Its been with me for about 8 months now, so I will continue to use it until i lose it. The only books I really have are school text books, and I hate bending pages in there. However, I do not mind high-lighting in them. Go figure.....

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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby Alisto » Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:39 am UTC

Bending pages? I consider that a sin.

I always lose bookmarks, so I just use scraps of paper to hold my spot. That or I'll leave the book open, pages down, on a table. But usually the random pieces of paper.
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby joshdrilling » Wed Oct 03, 2007 6:01 am UTC

What if you're careening down the edge of a volcano? Being pursued by a velociraptor? How are you going to mark your page on that new Ken Follet book? A handy bookmark that you always have with you? No. You're going to dogear it, like a man.

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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby Amicitia » Wed Oct 03, 2007 6:04 am UTC

I use error-bounded estimates. The worst--or best, as one might posit--that could happen is I have to re-read a page or two.
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby scowdich » Wed Oct 03, 2007 6:35 am UTC

I have a tin of these nifty little brass clips that go on the edge of the page - "Book Darts". So, yeah, bookmarks all the way. Even if I don't have a clip handy, I'll just put some random scrap of paper in there. I figure, reading a paperback deteriorates it a bit already; why contribute the the problem by mauling specific pages?

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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby rxninja » Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:53 pm UTC

I can't stand dog-ears, so I used to use bookmarks. Like all small things I own, however (see also: guitar picks, pencils, etc.), I lose them frequently. A couple years ago, as an effort to improve my memory, I started memorizing what page I was on when I'd close a book. It works fairly well, but it's frustrating coming back to a book I haven't read in a while..
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby clockworkmonk » Wed Oct 03, 2007 9:27 pm UTC

I voted bookmarks, and by bookmarks, I mean whatever little scraps of paper I can find around when I'm done reading.
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby knight427 » Wed Oct 03, 2007 9:39 pm UTC

I've been checking out a bunch of books from the library lately. I was dogeraing them until my wife pointed out that it was kind of rude to do that to a book belonging to the county. So now I use the receipt from the checkout machine as my bookmark.
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby bbctol » Thu Oct 04, 2007 12:50 am UTC

Dog earing, bitches. Except when I happen to have a really cool bookmark.

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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby Vaniver » Thu Oct 04, 2007 1:01 am UTC

Impromptu bookmarks (time to tear one off something else) or just remembering my page number have served me well enough (but now that I'm in the habit of reading multiple books at once, the second doesn't work). Dog-earing is a last resort.
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby Cabhan » Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:36 am UTC

I'm with the faux-bookmark crowd. I can't believe that you are all proposing that I actually disfigure my books!!

I will grant that it is generally absurd to purchase a bookmark. But if you get one with a book, or you have any random thin device laying about, it is far cleaner and happier than a dogear.

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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby pollywog » Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:04 am UTC

I assumed that the "I R ilitrat" option was the otter for this poll. I use dogears and slips of paper to mark several interesting places in a book, especially non-fiction books or my own books. I don't mark the page I'm on, I just close the book, open it where it feels familiar and read around until I find something I recognise. I don't like to leave the book on it's belly though, because it looks painful.
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby Cassi » Fri Oct 05, 2007 5:35 pm UTC

I have some weird system known only to me that is basically impossible to explain...basically, some books can be dogeared. Some can't. It's just a certain type of book, I guess. Actually, I think it might be more to do with the type of paper. I'm not sure.

Anyway, if it's a book that can be dogeared, I go with that. Otherwise I remember the page/chapter.
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby Cheese » Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:55 pm UTC

mosc wrote:Recently, somebody was telling me how it was much better to dog ear a book you cared about as well because the bookmark was far more damaging to the spine.
You're not supposed to bookmark one book with another book...


Anyway, on a more serious note, I never, ever, ever...
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...ever dog-ear books. It's an evil thing to do. If I ever get a second-hand book, or borrow from a friend, I need to go through all the pages and carefully un-dogearise them, because it pains me to reach that page in the book during normal reading and have to view the dirty, dirty corner-foldage.
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby no-genius » Sun Oct 07, 2007 1:21 am UTC

Yeah, I always use bookmarks - I just never bring enough if I'm going away somewhere. I need to take at least 2 spare, in case I buy 2 new books, or just lose a bookmark.
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Postby Amnesiasoft » Sun Oct 07, 2007 1:40 am UTC

Freyja wrote:Honestly, neither. I actually remember what page I leave off at. I always lose bookmarks and my mom used to yell at me for folding down the corners of pages, so I just started to remember page numbers.

Same here, where is that option in the poll? I don't bother with bookmarks because I always lose them, and I'm not much of a fan of damaging a book, even if it is only folding down the corner of the page.

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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby fallenstar » Sun Oct 07, 2007 2:33 am UTC

Cassi wrote:I have some weird system known only to me that is basically impossible to explain...basically, some books can be dogeared. Some can't. It's just a certain type of book, I guess. Actually, I think it might be more to do with the type of paper. I'm not sure.


I know what you mean. I used to dogear, but only paperbacks that weren't library books and weren't really nice ones. Now I just remember the number, or just approximately where I am. Usually I can find my spot pretty quick, and the line or two I read of a page doesn't spoil much if I'm too far ahead.

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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby Bakemaster » Sun Oct 07, 2007 3:51 am UTC

Whatever I can find for a bookmark; never ever ever dog-ear. I do that to magazines, the newspaper, phone books. Never to novels or nonfiction books.

I mean, come on. You don't have a dollar in your pocket? There aren't any dry leaves on the ground? Never use a green leaf, of course, it may stain the page.
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby b.i.o » Sun Oct 07, 2007 5:54 am UTC

Post-it notes are my favorite kind of bookmark.

They're thin and they don't fall out.

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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby Mecks » Sun Oct 07, 2007 10:09 am UTC

I dog-ear everything but library books/returnable text books. Why?

Because it's the highest compliment I can give to the author. If I'm carrying a dirty, ragged, bent, soiled paperback around with me, it means I'm taking it with me everywhere I go. I'm reading it at the park, at meals, in class, at work. If you see me with a shiny, glossy little novel with a flawless cover and perfect pages, it means it probably didn't hold my interest long enough to get past the first act.

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Postby no-genius » Sun Oct 07, 2007 12:11 pm UTC

Mecks wrote:I dog-ear everything but library books/returnable text books. Why?

Because it's the highest compliment I can give to the author. If I'm carrying a dirty, ragged, bent, soiled paperback around with me, it means I'm taking it with me everywhere I go. I'm reading it at the park, at meals, in class, at work. If you see me with a shiny, glossy little novel with a flawless cover and perfect pages, it means it probably didn't hold my interest long enough to get past the first act.

A worn paperback is simply a paperback that has been thoroughly enjoyed.

You could take it everywhere you go and still take good care of it.
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby Rodan » Sun Oct 07, 2007 1:56 pm UTC

I hate dog-ears.

I use one bookmark for every book I read. (I read them one at a time now, since I used to always leave one neglected.

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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby Cheese » Sun Oct 07, 2007 2:23 pm UTC

Haha, everyone replying to this poll's taken it seriously...

And I only realised last night that of the 4 or 5 books I'm reading at the moment, only one has a bookmark in it; for the rest, I just know my general position, and read from somewhere before there when I next pick up.
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby bigglesworth » Sun Oct 07, 2007 3:01 pm UTC

I always used to loose my bookmarks, and need to find new ones somewhere, but then i realised i no longer play with my MTG cards, and so have a couple of hundred spare bookmarks for when i lose them.
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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby Bakemaster » Sun Oct 07, 2007 3:27 pm UTC

Mecks wrote:A worn paperback is simply a paperback that has been thoroughly enjoyed.

At some point sentimentality crosses a line into nonsensical silliness. Books are written to satisfy fidgety minds, not fidgety hands, and it could be easily argued that if you truly enjoyed the book you'd want to keep it in a condition where it could be reread, or lent to someone else to read, 5, 10, 50 years later. Not that it makes much of a difference to me how someone treats their own books, just wanted to point that out.
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I remember the page number 8)

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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby Hoshi no Kabii » Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:58 pm UTC

I use a bookmark with string attached to the top. This way, it doesn't need to stick out so I won't knock it out by accident. Plus it looks cool.

I hate dog-ears. They never help me find my page and I just don't like the idea of folding pages in a book.

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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby Eoin » Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:58 pm UTC

I use bookmarks. Best one I have is a folded piece of card with magnets on the end. Slot it over a page and the magnets make sure it doesn't fall out.

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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby Sophia » Sun Oct 14, 2007 8:39 pm UTC

I voted bookmark, but I hardly ever use a conventional one when I use one at all - mostly scraps of paper, random objects, another book, or leave it open face up or down depending on circumstances. the more debilitating bookmarks are only for short term marking while I eat dinner or make dinner or answer the phone and so forth.

For the most part though I just remember the page number or general vicinity of where I am in the book. I only feel the need for a bookmark in particularly dry or boring books where I don't think I'll remember much of what I was reading.

Dog-earing is a sin. I even find myself unconsciously un-dog-earing random books I pick up at friends houses ... not polite I know, but I don't even think of them as ways to keep your place, I just figure, 'oh no, this page got bent on accident! I'll just fix it for them'. And, like I said, I do this without thinking about it.

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Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

Postby mrcheesypants » Sun Oct 14, 2007 11:24 pm UTC

If I can't find a bookmark, I'll just finish til the next chapter and remember the chapter. Generally I don't stop in mid chapter so it works out well.
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