There’s constant discussion flying around regarding the end of the printed book era. Electronic books, we’ve been told, are beginning their coup to take over
the world the market. Brick and mortar book sellers are sinking fast, and pushing their own technology by placing overly-friendly (hypnotized?) e-book-lovers right up front as you walk inside.
The demise of the printed page is disturbing to me — I love the look, feel, and smell of traditional books. I love the covers, and the turning of actual pages — but I foresee a day in the near future when an e reader will find its way into my home. I won’t resist the takeover.
But, there is something I intend to fight. Something that rattles me just as much as the death of the book in all of its musty-smelling glory. That something is…What will become of the bookmark?!
When books have crumbled into ash (like in classic, The Time Machine…creepy) will bookmarks be placed in museums behind dusty panes of glass? (And, if so, how much will I make on my Harry Potter collection?) Will they be turned into pieces of modern art mosaics, or used in decoupage nightmares? Or, will they be burned in protest regarding the digitization of the universe?
Yeah, I’m thinking that last one.
We must have 60+ bookmarks at our house, and that is a conservative estimate — it’s probably more like a million. Ours is a reading family, and between four kids who have proudly presented their creations over the years, and those received from school, as party favors, in gifts, from the library…well, our bookmark holder looks like it’s spitting tassels and glitter. It’s Vegas on a book shelf.
Here’s the thing — if the traditional book dies, so dies the bookmark. Not only that, but teachers will lose out in their favorite go-to craft, stocking stuffers will need to be revamped, prayer cards will go unread, and, quite frankly, the whole world will go crazy.
So far, the bookmark seems safe. But, how about in five years, or ten, or twenty? Is there anything we can do to save this endangered species before extinction?
Educators, parents, readers…save them, my friends. Join the effort. Create a slogan. Something like, “Kill a Tree — Save 10,000 Bookmarks,” should do the trick.
I know I’ll hold onto mine — among my favorites are ones that smell like strawberries, or the one my daughter made that succinctly orders me to READ!!!. Or, the one showing a picture of my son’s head with, “10 Apples Up On Top.”
I stick these into my books, and smile. And, turn the pages. Oh, those pages!
If the bookmark is saved, then maybe there’s hope for their companions. Saving the minions to fight for their leader — the all-mighty book.
If not, decoupage is probably the next best thing.
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