do you buy bookmarks or use something else?

@vegegirl (828)
Australia
August 15, 2008 10:56am CST
What do you use as a book mark? It may sound strange because I read heaps, but I rarely have proper bookmarks. I often use bits of paper, old envelopes and a variety of things (even other books) to keep my place in a book, so I could often lose the place. Of course I have picked up a few free bookmarks from the library over time, but these are always hiding when you need one. Recently, when I was visiting my sister in the town my mum grew up, and I often visited when I was young, I was in a souvenier shop and saw these great bookmarks with lovely photos from this area (of the cliffs, historic village, rock formations etc) - the bookmark folds in half and has little magnets at the bottom of each half. You just put the bookmark over your page and the magnets join together on both sides of the page you are up to, so it won't fall out of your book. It's pretty nifty plus I can often reminisce about childhood holidays now because I often use it (except when it goes hiding).
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@pkraj111 (2459)
• India
15 Aug 08
I never use bookmarks. I bought them once and later returned to age old habit of folding the page I am reading. So later thought why waste money when I a not using and stopped buying them altogether
@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
15 Aug 08
I can relate to this because I have done this a lot, but I am still thrilled with my new bookmark, particularly when it is a reminder of a special place or time in your life (not just a bookmark).
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@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Did you really want to make a librarian CRY? :~{ Maggiepie
17 Aug 08
I have a brightly coloured chamelion bookmark which I bought in Lanzarote. I seem to lose all my others, but this one is eyecatching in style and colour (oranges and greens). My problem is I usually have two books on the go so I resort to page folding in the book without the chamelion.... I have also used a magnetic bookmark which was from Dublin and was a pint of guiness - it broke, I lost it!!
@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
18 Aug 08
Those bookmarks sound great. What a shame you lost your pint of guineess! I often have more than 2 books on the go, so I can understand that. I am looking at "Ani's raw food Kitchen" at the moment and it has several post it's in it. My magnetic book mark is on the table as I just finished an Agatha Christie and am about to start another one!
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@deebomb (15319)
• United States
15 Aug 08
flag tabs - these tabs are good for book markers
I love book marker but can't keep track of them. For a while I used ribbons but some how they are all gone too. I have found something that is working so far. It is those Flags & Durable Tabs. I like them because I can stick them to the back of the book and they stay there.. I can also use them to make my place if I have to stop reading in the middle of a page. I hate it when my book markers go hiding .The ones you describe sound like fun though.
@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
16 Aug 08
You have some good ideas. I know the tabs you are talking about - you must have a lot of bookmarks then if you use a whole packet - which is probably useful if you lose them.
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
16 Aug 08
I use the tabs at work for my technical books, and often have several in one book, as they are more for reference. But i still think I'd prefer my magnetic bookmark for reading my novel as the tabs could still be knocked off if you had your novel in a bag that you were carrying round with you, but I think the bookmark would be more secure.
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@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Again, use those (& Post It Notes) ONLY on books with cheap paper. the tiny glue residue left by such markers DOES harm the paper, eventually. Maggiepie
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@adoremay (2069)
• Philippines
19 Aug 08
I don't buy bookmarks but I do use bookmarks. I have this favorite bookmark its kinda worn out already but i like it. I usually received bookmarks as simple gifts, they know that I read a lot... so they gave me bookmarks instead of books. I wish they give books instead of bookmarks.
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
19 Aug 08
Wow, you sound well stocked up with bookmarks, and it's good you have a favourite one. That is an interesting point for them to give you books instead!
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@adoremay (2069)
• Philippines
19 Aug 08
I am. Although I don't need to do an inventory. I would really aprreciate it more if they give books.
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@gtdonna (1740)
19 Aug 08
I have bookmarks that I use from books ot book, or any old piece of paper would do. My main concern is not what is marking the page, but that I cna get back to my reading whenever I wish...so anything that is suitable enough for me will work
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
20 Aug 08
Thanks gt donna, I suppose that is generally what bookmarks are for!
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@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Well, in all honesty, I DO cheat & use what's handy IF the book I'm reading has inferior paper stock. NEVER let a cheap bookmark rest in the GOOD stuff, though. They're probably acidic, & will eventually stain the paper, AND rot it! (I know about this because I spent 20+ years working in a rare books & manuscripts library, some of it protecting & restoring ancient books!) All that aside, I collect great bookmarks, AND make them! Little works of hand-drawn art. I've even given them as presents. Your magnetic one sounds ideal! Wish I'd thought of that. I actually have some teeny magnetic strips. Now I must use them for this! Thanks for the idea! Maggiepie
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
18 Aug 08
Oh no, there is just so much to consider isn't there? I never even thought of the acid in the paper! Thanks for bringing this up.
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
19 Aug 08
Thanks Maggiepie, that sounds like a really special place to have worked. Once in a place I worked where we had a library, we were near the ocean and something was happening to the books so most of the staff from other areas all got called down to wipe down the books in a special solution to stop the books being damaged - I think they may have been getting some mold or something. Actually I have a lot of trouble remembering exactly what was wrong with the books, but the librarians thought it was pretty serious which is why we were all allowed to help!
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@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
20 Aug 08
Your librarians were RIGHT! Just as do bugs, mold devours books, covers and all. On the 7th floor of the HRC, where I worked, there was a section just off the service elevator that held a slew of books with a red mold. EVERY time I got off the elevator, WHAMMO! Instant headache. I was allergic to that one, you see. There are many kinds of book mold. I often wished they wouldn't put that PARTICULAR one just where I had to breathe it! :o) Maggiepie
• United States
16 Aug 08
I usually use a bookmark clip as a bookmark. When I don't have any bookmarks around while I read a book, I would flip the page angle where I was reading.
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
18 Aug 08
Thanks Robbychen I am not sure if I know what a bookmark clip is?
• United States
18 Aug 08
I don't know what is the REAL bookmark called. I just call it bookmark clip.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
16 Aug 08
i use bookmarks of some kind even if it's just a piece of paper. i read library books all the time so i try to take care of them. i hada nice bookmark a friend gave me & i've lost it. darn it. afraid i left it in my library book when i returned it.
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
17 Aug 08
That's nice that you take care of the library books! That must be frustrating, to have left your nice bookmark in the library book? Did you check up with them about it just in case it got handed in (you never know)!
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
17 Aug 08
i meant to do that last time i went & ol' pea brain forgot to do it. thanks for your response. have a hahappy sun. greeting fro tennessee.
@tlljones (36)
• United States
15 Aug 08
Whenever I buy a new book I stop at the section with the bookmarks. There are so many neat and pretty designs. I spend at least 15 minutes browsing through them. Admiring the creative designs or reading the funny or meaningful captions. In the end, I don't buy one because I know I will misplace them, just like all of the others that I have bought. So, I use a paperclip, piece of paper or just turn the corner down.
@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
16 Aug 08
I have also resorted to turning the corner down in the past but I really try not to do that now. The better condition you keep the book in the more likely you are to be able to re-sell it on ebay or something. - I haven't done this yet but I have bought books on ebay so I am thinking about selling some as well, even though I usually just lend them out to my sisters and friends.
@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
16 Aug 08
I'm the same way, it's only very recently I've put more thought into not folding my pages! I certainly have a hoard of books! And my mum even has our little golden books and couldn't even pass them on to her grand children.
@Wizzywig (7858)
15 Aug 08
I use whatevers handy but i do have some nice bookmarks from when I started a collection of souvenir ones. If I do any laminating which doesnt fill a whole pocket, I use the offcuts as bookmarks. I hate to see corners of pages turned down as a way of marking a page. The magnetic ones you found sound like a great idea.
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
15 Aug 08
Thankyou. I like your idea of using the laminating offcuts. You could write or print things to laminate that you would like to see often as a reminder or inspiration. Because bookmarks are somthing you might be seeing a lot of (if you keep using them when you read and don't lose them!) they would be a really good place to put that special note for yourself or special photos etc.
@Wizzywig (7858)
15 Aug 08
Yes, i have done that if I've had pictures etc to hand whilst laminating.
@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
24 Aug 08
Hello vegegirl. I use a real bookmark, no kidding. I get them as gifts quite frequently, so I like using the real thing. If I'm reading a book and not close to my bookmarks, I will usually stick a business card in there, until I can get to my bookmarks. I never fold the pages down.
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
24 Aug 08
Thanks PearlGrace It's good to see you look after your books and also that you have a lovely collection of bookmarks. Yes, I even use a really slim book as a bookmark inside another book, if my bookmark isn't around or I amusing it in another book!
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@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Forgot to mention in my 1st post, that when I use a scrap of paper, when I come to a stopping place, I write the page number ON the bookmark. That way, if it slips out, I can still find the right page. In the end, I've read the book, & I have a throwaway bookmark with lots of crossed-out numbers on it! :o) Maggiepie
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
18 Aug 08
Thanks Maggiepie - it's great you are thinking of making the magnetic ones for presents, imagine that you just happen to have the magnetic strips! I told my mum about them because she is always looking for good presents for ladies at church and the hospice and I am pretty sure she wants to make them but we haven't seen the magnetic strips - mind you we have never looked for them before!
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• Philippines
16 Aug 08
Hmm... I'm a bit like you, I use bookmarks whatever piece of paper of something little card board that I can see the minute I need it, I don't usually have a bookmarks or buy them. I have two bookmarks but they made after a graduation and it has a pictures of all of my friends in collage.. so most of the time I tried to tressure it than to use it as bookmarks. The other one is the first bookmark I have bought. I bought it on the first concert that I have attented cause they also have some bazar.
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
18 Aug 08
Thanks lossforredwords thos bookmarks do sound special. My mum made a little collage of my graduation ceremony so I can relate to that!
@bunnybon7 (43287)
• Holiday, Florida
16 Aug 08
Oh yes i know exactly what you mean! i do the same thing. grab whatever and put it in the book. even other books to! i have many book marks but as you say they hide or are stuck in another book somewhere thats also hiding!
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
16 Aug 08
Thanks Bunnybon And, as you can see you aren't alone in doing this as it seems like a lot of people here have the same thing happen with their bookmarks. "The mystery of the missing bookmarks!"
@gemini_rose (16192)
16 Aug 08
At the moment I have got a proper bookmark that someone kindly left in a library book I borrowed. Before that I was using a nappy bag, not a used one I might add but a clean one. They are really thin so I just used to fold it over and use that. I normally use envelopes though if I have nothing else to hand. I used to just fold the pages over if they were my own books, but it ruins the book so I have stopped doing that.
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
17 Aug 08
Hi Gemini Rose That's very coincidental that you found a bookmark in a library book and someone else here lost a bookmark in a library book! How unique, using a nappy bag - mothers of young bubs really need to be resourceful, don't they? Good for you.
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
16 Aug 08
When I am reading a book I use any bit of paper or card as a bookmark. However lately I have been given some lovely bookmarks to use. I think that magnetic bookmarks are a great idea and I love to see attractive scenes. It is great that they won't fall out of the book that I am using. I have an old calendar and on the back of it there are tiny photos of tropical locations. I think I might cut them out and put them on white card to make some more bookmarks. Travel is my top hobby so I like to remember past adventures and dream about future trips.
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
17 Aug 08
That sounds like a really nice bookmark you are going to make. If you are interested, I mentioned to someone else in this discussion there is even instructions on the web formaking the magnetic bookmarks if you wanted to do that with your photos - apparently you can buy strips with the magnets on them.
@fearie (153)
• Philippines
16 Aug 08
I seldom use bookmark and I dont buy em. The bookmark that I have are the freebies for doing good at school. I use cards or sometimes pen to mark the page of the book.
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
17 Aug 08
Thanks for your response fearie. There's nothing wrong with using freebie bookmarks! Do you just put the pen inside the book, or do you write in the book?
@shana123 (2096)
• India
16 Aug 08
I use the string in the book which is hanging attached to the book itself like in the BIBLE and sometimes if its story book or something which doesnt have any bookmarks i just write over it something in pencil as a hint for me to remember if i really dont want to fold the pages i sometimes use to tear off a bit of pages from my rough book and insert it inbetween the pages so that will also lok like a mini book mark ., when i was small i used colour chart papers and cut it short to a lenght of a scale and use it this striked my mind when my mom used toinsert scale between her books.. lol... now a days except BIBLE im not readin anything but i love reading novels and poems ,short stories etc...
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
16 Aug 08
You are very resourceful and have some interesting ideas. What is "scale" that your mum used to use? Thanks for your comments Shana
• Australia
16 Aug 08
Hey vege, i use bookmarks most of the time but when i am on the train or bus and i cant get it out of my bag (i zone out when i read) i fold the page or put one of my schoolbooks (notepads and such) in the page. Also what is your favourite book series??? (mine is J.R.R. Tolkiens Lord of the Rings [IT ROX {YODA YODA YODA YODA}])
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
16 Aug 08
probably the Kay scarpetta books by Patricia Cornwell - they are crime/thriller books and Kay is a forensic scientist. I also like books in the Wire in the blood series - pretty creepy - with a criminal psychologist and detective as the main people. I like many other books, but don't know if they are series? I also like Agatha Christie's Poirot books.
@walijo2008 (4646)
• United States
16 Aug 08
I use bookmarks all the time, I don't like folding the corners of the page. I buy bookmarks, but there are only certain ones that I use all the time, because usually I'll end up losing them anyway. That bookmark sounds like a good one, I wonder where I could find one like that...Have a good day
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