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[Jun. 3rd, 2010|02:47 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
My team leader has gone home sick, and my team colleague (we're a small, but select team) is on holiday, so I've been left on my own. We're all in trouble.

I went to Canary Wharf at lunchtime to spend gift vouchers. In Waterstones, I bought Family Britain, Strange Days Indeed and View From The Foothills and I got the new Divine Comedy album in HMV.

Where does the team stand on using the folded down corner of a page as a bookmark? I know that very many people frown hugely on this kind of thing, but I kind of like it myself. I think people get a little too precious about the condition of books - it's the words within that make them so great, not the smoothness of the cover, although when I was in the queue in Waterstones I did go back and swap the copy of Family Britain that I'd picked up for one with an uncreased spine. So I guess it's only okay if I damage my books.

Following a cat wee incident, I need a new A-Z. Should I get the genuine A to Z, or one of the other street maps that are available? I quite like the look of the AA one.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2010-06-03 01:53 pm (UTC)
Although I regularly break the spines of my books, leave them open face-down and smear the pages with chocolate, blood and dirt, I still frown on folding corners to mark your place.
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[User Picture]From: miss_newham
2010-06-03 01:56 pm (UTC)
I like the AA one meself. The A-Z is a great achievement, but the AA version is nicer to look at, I think.
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From: baphomette
2010-06-03 02:07 pm (UTC)
I have no objection to the corner folding, apart from the fact it means I'm less likely to find other people's temporary bookmarks in the second hand books I buy. I do like findng postcard, flyers, receipts etc - it's a lovely pre-owned item bonus!
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[User Picture]From: tonight_we_fly
2010-06-03 02:21 pm (UTC)
Where does the team stand on using the folded down corner of a page as a bookmark?

I disapprove. Presumably S is still a librarian; what does she think?
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[User Picture]From: oursin
2010-06-03 02:26 pm (UTC)
I fold corners (though this may depend on how swish an edtion of a book I'm reading). Usually because I can't lay hands on a bookmark. Also, bookmarks may fall out.
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[User Picture]From: boyofbadgers
2010-06-03 02:33 pm (UTC)
I don't fold corners, because it makes the book fat.

As far as A-Z's are concerned, the Collins one uses the same maps as Streetmap, which is good if you like maps with lots of detail.
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[User Picture]From: shermarama
2010-06-03 02:36 pm (UTC)
I'm not a fan of corner-folding. It's not that I mind books becoming worn with use - many of mine are, but corner-folding seems like a deliberate act of making a permanent mark. Like accidentally getting pen ink on a page versus doodling.
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[User Picture]From: shermarama
2010-06-03 02:38 pm (UTC)
Also on maps, my London map has a nifty version of the tube map with coloured areas that tell you what map page that tube station is on, which I find a very useful feature.
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From: shewho
2010-06-03 02:52 pm (UTC)
i prefer to use a 'bookmark' (train ticket, bit of crap from my pocket etc etc) than fold the corner but have no issue with anyone else doing it. and wouldn't mind a book returned with corners marked. unless it was any of my fancier oz shiznit.
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[User Picture]From: eyekiller
2010-06-03 03:01 pm (UTC)
Fold away, man. I do. OTOH don't fold a book you borrow from me or I shall duff you up, or possibly frown at you.
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[User Picture]From: katstevens
2010-06-03 03:03 pm (UTC)
The trouble with folding corners is that much of the time they refuse to unfold, and you end up with loads of folds and no idea which one is the right place (if you are re-reading the book obv).
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[User Picture]From: kiss_me_quick
2010-06-03 03:40 pm (UTC)
Folding pages = no way. It's just horrible!
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[User Picture]From: kerrypolka
2010-06-03 03:42 pm (UTC)
I fold book page corners very often! Although it is only if I am reading a book somewhere Not At Home, which means it is probably going to be a trade paperback or something else with flimsy paper that will unfold easily.

I don't put much stock in "books should be kept nice generally" -- I think there are books intended to be kept nice, like I have a very pretty leather-bound Women's Torah Commentary that is meant to look and feel attractive and well-kept, but I think the vast majority of books aren't meant to look expensive and looked-after, they are mostly meant to be read on trains. So I have no problem folding down corners on most books. I haven't had katstevens's refusing-to-unfold problem, though, I would definitely do it less if so!
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[User Picture]From: offensive_mango
2010-06-03 03:56 pm (UTC)
No folding.
Use ur maps app innit.
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[User Picture]From: offensive_mango
2010-06-03 04:03 pm (UTC)
Also, I slightly disapprove of the Stanza app using "folded corners" as a bookmark indicator. Tsk.
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[User Picture]From: pink_weasel
2010-06-03 04:01 pm (UTC)
I break spines, but I don't fold down corners.

In public libraries, some of the mad expect the librarian to take a book out of use if a corner has been folded down. They also think this about books with typos or bad grammer, so I don't really know where this sentence is going.
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[User Picture]From: mammadibiba
2010-06-03 04:44 pm (UTC)
I don't mind folded down corners, but I don't do it myself.
I'm also a spine breaker and I also keep books in my bag, which means they all end up with bent, creased covers and folded up corners.
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From: mrs_leroy_brown
2010-06-03 05:34 pm (UTC)
Normally I have a ticket or some other scrap to hand, but if not I will happily fold corners. Books are my bitches, dude.
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