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The Pros and Cons of Dog-Ear Bookmarking

Bookmarking is a common practice that allows us to keep track of where we left off in a book. It is a personal preference and there are various methods to do so – one of the most controversial ways of bookmarking is dog-earing. This is not to use an actual dog’s ear, but the practice of creating a folded-down corner on the page of the book.

In this article, we will explore the pros and cons of dog-ear bookmarking and help you make an informed decision on whether to adopt the practice or not.

Artistic Book with many folded pages, The worst nightmare of dog-ear haters.

Dog-Earing Isn’t Disrespectful: Reframing the Debate

Dog-earing is often criticized as being disrespectful to books, but let’s reframe this debate. Dog-earing is a personal preference and not inherently disrespectful. In fact, it has a long history and cultural significance.

Why Dog-Earing is Not Inherently Disrespectful

Many people believe that folding a book is disrespectful because it bends the pages and damages the appearance of the book. However, this is subjective and depends on personal opinions and preferences.

The History and Cultural Significance of Dog-earing

Dog-earing has been a common practice for centuries and has been used as a way to mark pages in books before the invention of bookmarks. It is a simple and practical way to keep track of where you left off and can be a personal touch to a book.

Normal Bookmark

Arguments Against Dog-Ears for Bookmarking

While dog-ear bookmarking has its proponents, there are valid arguments against it as well.

The Risk of Irreversible Damage to Books

One argument against dog ears is that they can cause irreversible damage to books. The bending of pages can weaken the spine and structure of the book, making it more susceptible to damage over time. This can impact the preservation of the book and reduce its lifespan.

Female Reading Book

How it Leaves a Permanent Mark on a Book’s Appearance

Another argument against this way of bookmarking is that it leaves a permanent mark on a book’s appearance. This can detract from the aesthetic appeal of the book and may be seen as unsightly by some people.

The History and Origin of the Dog-Ear Bookmark

The practice of dog-ear bookmarking to remember the page number of a book has a long history, dating back to medieval times. Bookmark people already existed in the 17th century.

History of books

The Evolution of Bookmarks from Medieval Times to Today

In the medieval era, people used to use ribbons or strips of cloth as bookmarks. The invention of paper and printing led to the creation of paper bookmarks. With the advent of technology, digital bookmarks have become popular. But most people still use an old-fashioned paper or cloth bookmark.

The Cultural Significance of Dog Ears in the 17th Century

In the 17th century, dog ears were a common way of marking pages in books. They were a symbol of intellectual culture and were used to show where the reader left off in a book. Many books dating from these times have been found to be dog-eared.

The cultural significance of dog-ears in the 17th century

Is Dog-Ear Bookmarking Irreparable Damage?

While this way of bookmarking has its drawbacks, it is not necessarily irreparable damage.

The Impact of Dog Ears on the Preservation of Books

The impact on the preservation of books depends on several factors, including the type of book and how it is stored. If a book is stored properly and not subjected to the elements, it can be preserved well, whether it has been dog-eared or not.

Conclusion: Dog Ears or Not?

In conclusion, the debate over dog-ear bookmarking is a personal preference and there are valid arguments on both sides. While some people believe that dog-earing is disrespectful and causes irreversible damage to books, others see it as a simple and practical way to mark pages and a personal touch to a book. Ultimately, the decision to do it or not comes down to individual preferences and priorities. I have to say I definitely own a few dog-eared books myself.

Woman Reading a book

Summing up the Pros and Cons of Bookmarking this Way

In summary, the pros of dog-ear bookmarking include its simplicity, practicality, and cultural significance. On the other hand, the cons include the risk of irreversible damage to books and the permanent impact on a book’s appearance.

Making an informed decision on whether to adopt the practice or not

To make an informed decision on whether to adopt the practice of dog-ear bookmarking or not, it’s important to consider your own preferences and priorities. If you prioritize the preservation of books and their appearance, you may opt to avoid the ears.

But if you see it as a simple and practical way to mark your place in a book, then go ahead and dog-ear to your heart’s content! The reason many people do it is probably because dog ears are basically free bookmarks. Yes, I did that to my own books. I guess I am one of the bookmark people. Some, however, are also from second-hand books.

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