Assault on the printed page.

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Let’s start a war. Do you dog-ear books or use a bookmark? Do you ever make notes in your books?

It’s a fair cop, Guv’nor.

I’ve been guilty of dog-earing in the past, a crime made even worse by the fact that I possess an abundance of bookmarks. I even have some featuring me, that I used to give out at events, back when we had them.

While we’re on the subject, I have to admit the secondary offence of occasionally leaving books open upside down to hold the pages open. In my defence, I was young and impressionable, largely because I didn’t see the book as anything more than an object, with a single function.

I never wrote notes in the margins though, I’m innocent of that one.

Now that there are physical books in the world that bear my name and are the result of a lot of blood, sweat and tears, I can see the error of my ways. In a way that I never could before. Which is why I can confidently say that my dog-earing days are over.

If I caught anyone damaging one of my books in that way, I would be tempted to get very upset.

It’s an awful thing, a desecration of the effort put in by the author, I can understand that now.

In what might be seen as karma for all my dog-earing transgressions, as an experiment, I once left a book of mine in a café, with a note telling the finder to enjoy the read and let me know what they thought. When I asked if anyone had taken it, a week or so later, the barista told me he had seen it lying around and had THROWN IT AWAY.

As far as I’m concerned, that act was a worse crime than folding a page corner over; or even writing a note in the margin.

As they all seem to say these days, in no particular order,

Society is probably to blame.

I’m just a product of my environment.

Lessons have been learned.

It will never happen again.

Until the next time.

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8 Responses

  1. Stevie Turner

    I feel the same way in that I used to dog-ear books or leave them upside down when I was younger, but now treat them with more respect.

  2. Steven Smith

    It’s an interesting topic. I think as long as someone owns the book, they are free to enjoy it as they please. I personally am not one for dog-earing too much myself, but I’d never legislate to others.

    • Richard Dee

      It’s a matter for the reader. Personally, I never had much respect for books, until I held one of my own.

  3. Daryl Devore

    He threw the book away!!! I cannot even comprehend that.

    • Richard Dee

      I was shocked, I didn’t expect that act to catapult me to global fame but I thought someone might enjoy it.

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