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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Great Wednesday Compare #6- Real Bookmarks VERSUS Hardcovers


The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Real Bookmarks VERSUS Makeshift Bookmarks), with a final score of 6-4 is real bookmarks.

There was also a vote for dog-earring and a couple that couldn't have cared less. Personally, I don't use anything, but before I got onto that kick, I was more of a makeshift sort of guy. Though, like notes scribbled into the margins of used books, I always find what other people use fascinating. August, for example, used to use a Polaroid of his girlfriend. How sweet is that? (Never mind that they've since broken up.) That's much more personal than some tasseled thing you'd get thrown into your bag at Chapters, isn't it? Then again, I wasn't one of the sentimental folks either. I was okay using a corner ripped from a newspaper-- no emotional attachments there.

This week you have to choose between real bookmarks and hardcover books. If you absolutely had to give up one, which would you give up? (Vote for the other.)

Which is better?


12 comments:

Allison said...

Heads up - Your title doesn't match your question. I was ready to give and answer than realized you wanted an answer to something different.

So real bookmarks vs. hardcovers...hmmm. Well if I had to give up one it would be bookmarks, as I hardly ever use a real bookmark, or one at all anyway.

John Mutford said...

Allison: Thanks for the heads up! I'd planned on doing bookmarks versus used book stores, then, had used bookstores won, I was to put it up against new bookstores. But, I remembered that I'd done that before! (Used books won 11-7)

Kate said...

I much prefer paperbacks - hardcovers are too hard to read in bed!
So no question on this one - give me bookmarks over hardcovers any day! (I was given a new bookmark last week so am using it now to mark my place in Island Beneath the Sea - paperback of course!)

Bybee said...

I have to go with hardcover books because I was a hero at my last bookleaves meeting with my hardcover copy of My Life In France by Julia Child...the mass market paperback didn't include Julia's collection of excellent photos, many of them taken by Paul Child. So everyone was oohing and aahing over my copy and passing it around & we had a great discussion about the pictures.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I have to go with hard covers. They are infinitely more esthetically pleasing than paperbacks, and real bookmarks do nothing to make your bookshelves look more grownup.

Sam Sattler said...

Most definitely hardcovers win the day with me. I have several hundred hardcovers on my shelves and another 200 stashed inside closets...those are "real books" to me.

Chris said...

This is way harder than it seems. I'm going with Hardcovers.

Loni said...

I'm voting for Hardcovers. They're so pretty. It makes me feel happy whenever I buy one.

gypsysmom said...

If I understand the question properly I would give up bookmarks and keep hardcovers. I'm reading a hardcover book right now and loving it.

Nicola said...

Actual real books or bits of fancy paper??? While I prefer paperbacks to hardcovers, I most certainly would give up all my bookmarks to keep my hardcovers!

Scrat said...

I am going to go with Hardcovers although I have to agree with Kate that they are tough to read in bed. Waking up with a sharp corner jabbing into a cheek is never very pleasant. On the otherhand, I never lose a Hardcover...and well bookmarks -- I can never seem to find the darn things.

Remi said...

Hardcovers are far better. It took me a while to get used to the extra size and weight of a hardcover but now I love them.

Bookmarks? That's what transit transfers are for. Or folded scraps of paper. Or, more recently, I've taken to using a strip of 35mm negative that has nothing on it.