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Is It Okay To Dog Ear Your Pages?

Is it okay to dog ear your pages?

My answer: Absolutely!

Write all up in there, too. Write in the margins, underline words and passages, circle phrases you like. And dog ear to your heart’s content.

That’s just my opinion. Dog-earing pages and writing inside of books shows effort. It shows you’ve spent time there and appreciated the content of those pages—as opposed to opening a book and being unable to tell whether it’s ever been read.

It’s like your family room. If your house is on the market, you’re going to clean that room up and make it look as clean as a museum, as if no one has touched anything in months. That looks nice and pretty.

But when you go into that same room and you see a blanket and pillow on the couch, and you see a laptop on the coffee table and a pair of shoes on the floor, that shows something else: It shows love, comfort, and hospitality. It truly feels like home.

So that’s a roundabout way of saying I find it perfectly fine, even commendable, to dog ear your book’s pages.

You’ve spent time with that book. You’ve appreciated the words and the time the author spent in crafting them.

So my question for you is: Do you dog ear?

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  1. Mom #

    That’s what I buy hard copies for!
    Back in the day (before ebooks) I used to buy everything in paperback. Then, if it was something that I loved, I would re-buy it in hardback for the bookcase and painstakingly list all the best parts on the overleafs…to not make my hardbound copy look so messy! But invariably, the hardbacks get dog eared as I re-read the stories–and usually quite brutally so on the pages where I had neatly recopied my paperback notes!

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    November 10, 2014
  2. Brandon #

    I don’t like dog ears (in books) but I’m definitely an underliner and note taker. That’s the main reason I can’t fully make the switch to ebooks. Something about the physical process of writing down a thought helps me clarify and cement it. And when I buy a book, I don’t ever intend to sell it, so I’m not too concerned with how it looks.

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    November 10, 2014
    • I recently read a couple of ebooks, and I like that you can highlight and make notes. But nothing compares to writing on paper. It felt like coming home when I picked up a hard copy again!

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      November 10, 2014
    • I agree about the not selling. I could never imagine selling any of these books from the list.

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      November 10, 2014
    • What About This? #

      I completely agree with the ebook thing. I love the feeling of the book in my hands with a pen at the ready!

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      November 10, 2014
  3. Reblogged this on Human Interest.

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    November 10, 2014
  4. Oh yes, I dog-ear all the time. Not only that, I love books in a book store that have been similarly used and written upon. It’s just so much fun to see the comments and also special sentences that have been marked up. I love a well-loved book!

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    November 10, 2014
  5. While some books look too beautiful for such rough treatment I am a big believer that a book is more of an experience than an object. My books tend to travel with me where ever I go (I was judged for taking a book on a first date once – you never know when you made need saving from reality) and end up looking a little well loved. Also, I am happy to write in books in pencil but I feel really guilty if I use a pen, despite the fact I never intend on getting rid of them, although I do lend out a lot of books.

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    November 10, 2014
    • Guilty confession: I always have a book in my purse for long doc visits, car rides, or anytime I need to escape. 🙂

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      November 10, 2014
      • I think it is the only sensible option! You just never know. :]
        I have sat in waiting rooms before and kicked myself for not having a book on me… I can’t risk that happening again :p

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        November 10, 2014
        • Exactly! That’s one of the few reasons I like having a book on hand on my phone.

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          November 10, 2014
    • I definitely always carry a book with me too! It always varies between the book that I’m currently teaching, a book I’m reading for pleasure, or a book that I am thinking about teaching. I feel that it is a must. 🙂

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      November 10, 2014
  6. I was very happy to read your fresh view on this topic. I don’t dog ear myself, but I do underline. I also really enjoy borrowing a book with underlined passages, to see what the other person liked and didn’t like.

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    November 10, 2014
  7. To love is to leave a mark. Simple as that. It is truly a fine thing to see others wholeheartedly believe that. Now, a case could be made to day that some leave marks by not leaving them, a kind of “silence says more than any word” scenario. Perhaps some show their love of something by preserving it in its original state. This is not at all my personal view, but i understand why some choose to not dog ear.

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    November 10, 2014
  8. Marie #

    I’m kind of neurotic about my books. I don’t dog ear, highlight, underline or scribble in the margins. I also don’t bend the spine. I like to keep my books as pristine as possible, and hate lending them to people who might not treat them with the same care I do.

    It’s one of the reasons I like ebooks, because I can highlight passages without leaving any permanent marks.

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    November 10, 2014
  9. Don’t dog ear them but I do mark them up pretty darn good. Have gone through five Great Gatsbys because of that.

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    November 10, 2014
  10. I definitely have a bunch of dog-eared paperbacks, but since I’ve been depending more heavily on library books lately I’ve gotten out of the habit. And I never could bring myself to write in my books, textbooks excepted. I second Marie on this one — ebooks are great for note-taking without the guilt.

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    November 10, 2014
  11. I’m kind of split down the middle. I will write in books I had to read for school, but I rarely write or mark in my pleasure books. Something about making that first mark is like taking a leap of faith. Instead, I usually write on sticky notes and place them beside the passage, just in case I ever need to loan my books out. Then, I can just remove the notes. I rarely loan books out though (only because I lack in bookish friends), and the people I do loan to probably would enjoy the markings too! I think it is so neat to see other people though their books.
    However, reading everyone’s comments, I feel new found hope in the ability to mark in my books. I like that everyone agrees it shows love. There are just some passages that plead to be marked!
    And I love the ability to mark and highlight like crazy in my ebooks, but it just doesn’t compare to the ability to flip to right where I know I left that note! Perhaps I am just old fashioned though. Dog-earing pages? That’s going to take some working up to and probably some sedatives the first time I do it.

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    November 10, 2014
  12. Reblogged this on raven newcastle.

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    November 10, 2014
  13. I don’t like dog-earing pages, but I do a lot of highlighting and underlining (and scribbling in the margins) in the academic books that I read. It’s so helpful when I want to refer back to books at a later date and I can instantly pick out the passages that I found most interesting and helpful, as well as a written record of my thoughts when I was reading them.

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    November 10, 2014
  14. Susan #

    I never dog-ear pages. I also never mark up or write in books unless it is a text book or reference manual that I am studying. Yes, I am obsessive about the condition of my books.

    Not sure where I got this, because my father is not careless but neither overly careful about his books, and my mother is downright dangerous. She doesn’t mark in them, but she dog-ears, breaks the spine repeatedly, uses them as coasters so they get watermarked…It’s gotten to the point that I won’t lend her books anymore because I don’t like getting them back looking like they’ve been through a war. I’ll happily give her books that I don’t plan to read again, but no more lending.

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    November 10, 2014
  15. And of course there are always copies on the pc if your dog eats the lot !

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    November 10, 2014
  16. Actually I don’t dog ear, but my copies of school literature are full of comments. Maybe that’s the reason I usually don’t write into my books – it just reminds me too much of school.

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    November 10, 2014
  17. Denise #

    No way! I don’t dog ear or write in my books. I guess I feel like I want a clean slate when I go back to read it again at another time. I want new thoughts and don’t care to remember what I may have thought before. Or maybe it’s a reverence thing, residual from youth. I buy mostly used books too, so any books that are dog-eared or written in/highlighted really turn me off.

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    November 10, 2014
    • Same here. When I read a book, I don’t want to be reminded of the opinions I used to have but don’t have anymore or the things that I used to think were so profound that look silly now. Ah, the double-edged sword of used books! They’re wonderfully cheap, but they often have marks and creases all over them. Can’t stand that.

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      November 10, 2014
  18. I had an English professor my first year in college who actually required that we mark up our books. She wanted us to be in a conversation with the story. I’ve never gotten out of the habit, though now I do more highlighting on my iPad because I read there most of the time.

    All this said, I never buy a used book that is marked up. Too distracting because I honestly don’t care what other people thought. In this part of my life, it’s all about me!

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    November 10, 2014
  19. I am not a fan of dog-earing, although I approve of writing in books. My son dog-ears library books, something that is taboo. He also leaves library books open face-down, breaking their spines. We’ve had many discussions about this, and no matter how many bookmarks I leave lying around the house, he continues to dog-ear and spine-break to mark his place.

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    November 10, 2014
  20. “Is it OK to dog ear your pages?”

    NOOOOOO. That’s only acceptable in catalogs or magazines.

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    November 10, 2014
    • Briar #

      Hanna: Why?

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      March 27, 2015
      • Because I think dog earring ruins the pages. I might do it with a catalog of a magazine because not only do those eventually get thrown away, but also, the pages are slippery, which means a bookmark will probably fall straight out of it. But for books, I prefer to keep them looking as close to new as possible.

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        March 27, 2015
  21. I used to dog ear my books to remember which page I left off on. It became problematic when I started going back to reread books, I would come back to my book to find several dog eared pages and then have to flip to each one to see if that was the page I’d left off on, so I stopped. I do however, lovingly, underline in my books. And if there’s something I’m super excited about I might even leave a note.

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    November 10, 2014
  22. I don’t dog ear my books or write in them, but I do read them to the point that they fall to pieces (the number of books on my bookshelves that are held together with sellotape or are missing the first few chapters due to having simply been read to bits is quite alarming!). I don’t have a problem with writing in books but if something resonates with me enough that I want to remember it I’ll probably have read it enough times that I won’t be able to forget it!

    I do also lay books down flat and so have a number of books with broken spines…you can tell where I started a few books and then forgot about them for a few months!

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    November 10, 2014
  23. I can’t dog ear the pages, I can’t break the spines. I can’t even use books as coasters for my coffee mug. …just cannot do it. Something hurts when I damge a book. I think it may be because when I was growing up I only had access to well worn library books. When I could afford to buy my own, having a new book was such a treat it felt like getting a Christmas present.

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    November 10, 2014
  24. Karen #

    Just reading this almost made me hyperventilate! No dog ears and no highlighting. I have only recently marked in a book for the very first time… a very tiny arrow written with a very very light pencil, pointing to a particular passage. Easy to erase if I decide I no longer want it there. Highlighting would be too permanent as would notes in ink. And never, ever dog ear or mark in a library book.

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    November 10, 2014
  25. I think it depends on the book. I will write in a book that I am teaching to make sure we talk about a certain passage or that my students look at a particular line closely, but that does not hold true to my personal books. My personal books I like to try and maintain the condition as much as possible. If I find a particular passage or a quote I want to remember, I will usually write it on a post-it note and then put it in my quote journal. I have even gone so far as to own two copies of a book that I really love if I also teach it…that way I can annotate the one for class but have a cleaner copy for myself. However, in both cases I do not dog ear the pages…I can’t, it’s like I’m hurting the book if I do so I stick to the good ole bookmark.

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    November 10, 2014
  26. I personally don’t dog ear, and especially don’t write on, most books, but you should see what I do with sticky notes.

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    November 10, 2014
  27. What About This? #

    I work at a library and I know that my co-workers HATE when patrons dog-ear the pages. It completely shows personality even when it’s only done because of a lack of a bookmark. You can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but you can judge its reader by the pages inside.

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    November 10, 2014
  28. Yes, now, but not on all books and never on library copies. The way I mark pages has changed over the years. When I was in college I underlined EVERYTHING, making it impossible to discern what was of importance/interest and what was, in my eyes, just text. There was no dog-earing then, only lines in heavy ink and those sticky arrow things, whatever they’re called, which left many books with some not-so-beautiful plumage. Then I realized how abusive that was and went through a phase of only marking (and noting) in pencil, lightly, which, counterproductive in its own way, has made those marks (and notes) unobtrusive to the point of near invisibility. No dog-earing then, either. Now it’s strictly a ball-point pen and moderate to profuse corner-bending, but always of a consistent size and delicacy of fold. Hard to say what the next phase might be.

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    November 10, 2014
  29. Reblogged this on dunjav.

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    November 10, 2014
  30. I don’t dog ear. I had a friend who used to do that to my books and I hated it. I don’t know what’s wrong with a book mark. If I didn’t share books I still wouldn’t. I don’t mark in mine either. I have sticky notes and notebooks for that. I love notebooks so I’m more likely to scribble all up and through those bad boys. I do highlight digital text. If I really need to highlight it I might print it and go from there.

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    November 11, 2014
  31. Nope. No dog-earring here. I also don’t tend to write in my books–I have book journals I keep notes in, or I use sticky notes.

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    November 11, 2014
  32. i made a blog about this http://chestersforthewin.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/dog-ears/ please check it out 🙂

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    November 11, 2014
  33. I used to be quite strict that books should be in pristine condition. But then, I realized that books should be lived and experienced, so, dog ears for me! I actually have a cousin who insists on reading her books without opening them fully, so that there is no break on the spine. I am always petrified when she lends me books!

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    November 11, 2014
    • I’ve never understood how people read like that! I’m all about the spine breaking 😛

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      November 12, 2014
  34. Reminds me of a certain english teacher

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    November 11, 2014
  35. Reblogged this on Dungeons and Daniels and commented:
    Reminds me of a certain english teacher

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    November 11, 2014
  36. Heck yeah it is! Dog ear, highlight, make notes. Do whatever you want! I do all these things, though I find I really only do them in nonfiction books for some reason!

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    November 11, 2014
  37. I actually hate dog earring my pages, but I love writing in my books. I think it’s just a preference, but I like even pages. I also worked in the library for 6 years…so yeah…no dog ears for me.

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    November 11, 2014
  38. Haha! Good one, hehe. I mean, no one actually dog ears their books on purpose…do they? You’re just pulling our chains…right? My books are heirlooms, especially the softbacks, to be passed on to future generations of my bloodline. If I want to use a book for research (as in: actually mark the page!) then I’d buy a second copy of said book and give it away once it had been desecrated, I mean, marked. 🙂

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    November 11, 2014
  39. Yes, yes, yes!!! Of course!!! I only buy ebooks now if I’m reading them for eg a Book Group and I know I’m unlikely to read them again. Books are to be lived in loved, and roughed up a bit….but only in PENCIL…

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    November 12, 2014
  40. I tend to use a bookmark or whatever I have lying around, but I’ll dog ear at a push. I also write in my books and highlight sections I like- moreso text books but if I’m reading and something really resonates, I mark it. I love coming across it when I’m re-reading!

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    November 12, 2014
  41. Couldn’t agree more. I especially love when I break the spine of my books. Hahaha.

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    November 14, 2014
  42. I dog ear them, leave coffee rings on the cover , drop them in the bathtub, dry them out again. I have a few talisman books that I like to treat well. The singers of the Century volumes 1-3. by John Steane.. I find it weird that people don’t want to crack the spine of a book.

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    November 14, 2014
  43. Absolutely! It’s your book – a memento of your reading journey, as well as a resource in itself. Make it yours!

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    November 15, 2014
  44. I see books as a very valuable item that I should keep in good condition because if I keep them in good condition they will last longer. So, I don’t dog ear my pages. I use bookmarks instead.

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    November 16, 2014
  45. My thought exactly, same as the living room: it has to show signs of life. And to answer your question, yes, I dogear, I write on margins, I highlight, I circle words and phrases… boy, I rad the book’s heart out.

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    November 24, 2014

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