A $40 Bookmark?

The “Page Anchor” is made of precious metals, comes in four different colors . . . and it costs forty bucks! But, hey, if you want to splurge on a bookish gift for yourself or a book-loving friend or relative this year, this might be a handy thing to have.

Here’s the link with the sales videos and ordering information.




20 Nifty Bookmarks You Can Purchase

Although there’s really no reason to buy bookmarks for oneself – there are so many things around most people’s houses one can use – there may be a booklover in your life you might want to buy a fancier-than-absolutely-necessary bookmark for.

Biblioblogger and bibliopodcast creator Anne Bogel recently posted to her blog “Modern Mrs. Darcy” a roundup of 20 unusual bookmarks. Some of them are a bit pricey, but, hey, there’s no danger in at least taking a gander at them all.

Incidentally, having just completed reading Bogel’s excellent 2018 book I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life, I’ve added a link to Bogel’s blog to the Atlanta Booklover’s Blog’s blogroll so you can conveniently find it.

Is There an Ideal Bookmark?

Bookmarks display at Decatur library

This is a display of some of the bookmarks found by shelvers at a nearby public library. Note the wide variety of objects readers grab to mark their places in the books they borrowed (and forgot to retrieve before returning them).

Murray Browne,  a fellow local biblioblogger who saw this library display decided to (a) take the photo above and (b) describe the rationale for his decision to use only one type of object for his own bookmarks: postcards.

Until reading Murray’s blogpost, I’d been using for my own bookmarks mostly slivers of old calendars and cut-outs from magazines with images I particularly liked. I keep  these (along with any storebought bookmarks that’ve come my way) in a vase I think particularly suited to storing them in a way that gives me an easily-scannable way to choose one I feel in the mood to use for the book I am reading. I keep the vase of these reuseable bookmarks on the table adjacent to my favorite reading spot so it’ll be handy whenever I must, mid-book, interrupt my reading.

Bookmarks vase at Cal's

Although I’m not sure a collection of postcards would fit as handily in this particular vase as a collection of postcards would, I do find the idea of using postcards as bookmarks an appealing one – especially since I have on hand so many dozens of wonderful postcards that I know I’ll never mail to anyone.

Do you have your own method of keeping nearby a supply of bookmarks – or do you, like so many other readers, grab whatever you can use the moment the need arises? (Please tell me you have never used a slice of bacon as a bookmark? Librarians have reported that happening – and worse!) 


Bookish Quotation du Jour

“You can tell a lot about someone from their bookmarks. For the reader, they perform a vital role. They are guardians standing in the way of threads being lost, plot points missed. They are a fixed point, a sliver of paper lingering in the gulf between what went before and what is yet to come, like some Dickensian ghost. It is not a job to be given lightly, so we choose our bookmarks wisely.”

– Edd McCracken, The Secret Life of Bookmarks

Found at BookRiot via Reading-as-Breathing;
bookmarks by Enthusiastic Artist

What Do You Use for Bookmarks?

Avid readers often keep handy a ready supply of bookmarks (either store-bought or hand-made); others just grab anything suitable within reach when they realize they need one.

A few years ago, the library-organizing outfit called LibraryThing asked its users what they use for bookmarks, and here’s what those readers use.

What do you use?

While we’re on the subject of bookmarks, elsewhere at LibraryThing is a discussion of unusual (and often disgusting) bookmarks people have discovered in library books they’ve borrowed, or inside books they’ve browsed or bought in second-hand bookstores.

Found via BoingBoing