I always get a lot of flack for being an unapologetic dog-earer of book pages, library and personal copies alike. (I can hear you all gasping right now, as I type.) But please, hear me out. I have here for you today, The Dog-Ear Manifesto. The top six reasons that dog-earing a book should not only be accepted, but embraced!
1) You have a bookmark wherever you are! No more tearing up old receipts or your child’s school art project.
2) When you dog-ear a page, there’s never any fear that you will lose your place! Your bookmark can’t fall out when it’s part of the page. Even if the page becomes un-dog-eared, you can still usually tell where you dog-eared a page.
3) It does little to no real damage to a book. So the page is bent a little, it’s not the end of the world, but usually you can’t even tell!
4) Instead of writing in a library book, or using up a ton of paper, I can mark a page with a fabulous quote without hurting the book.
5) It saves the environment! You don’t have to make extra bookmarks, there’s one built right in to your book!
6) Whenever I see a library book that has been dog-eared, I immediately begin thinking about that other reader. Are they a kindred spirit? What did they think about this page, why did they stop here? Was it just a good place to stop or did something interrupt their reading? Did they find something particularly moving on this page?
A dog-eared book is a well-loved book. Pass it on.