Sunday, June 27, 2010

Marking in Style

For the Love of Books is my very own weekly Sunday meme dedicated to the wacky, weird, and wild world-wide-web finds related to the world of books. Topics can be anything ranging from unique bookcases, sculptures of books, and odd bookstores, to interesting uses for books, book quotes, bits of book news, etc. I love web-surfing and I have come across so many ideas that the possibities for this meme are nearly endless! If you would like to join in the fun, snag the image on the left and post the link your specific blog post in comments so that others can read about your internet find!
Here is a collection of unusual and unique bookmarks that I have found across the web. As I well know, a bookworm never has too many bookmarks!

Puffy Bookmark / Abracadabra
This "bookmark" is actually made of recycled PVC, is filled with air, and is adhesive on one side. It functions by squeezing one side to enflate the other side, which has been previously pressed between the pages of your book. This lifts the pages where you last left off, making it easier to open the book. The picture on the bookmark... well, I'm sure you can draw your own conclusions! Designers: Jung-Hyun Lee, Won-Sik Chae & Rhea Jeong

A Leaf
Designed by the same team that did the previous bookmark, this one is also rather simple. The Leaf is a metal version of a leaf and it functions by twisting to open the book at the designated page. I have used metal bookmarks before, and they seem more appropriate to big, heavy hardbound books than the more commonplace paperbacks.

Page Chaser
This design streamlines and simplifies the work that goes into marking your place in a book(oh, instant gratification, my beloved frienemy) into a bookmark that does the work for you! The page chaser stays attached to the book and follows the pages as you turn them, automatically marking the page you are on and staying there when you close the book. No lost bookmarks and no removing or replacing the bookmark! Designed by Lee Hyeon Joo.

Liquid Bookmark
This bookmark is remeniscent of paint dripping or blood splatters, depending on your taste in literature. It is flexible enough to be folded over the book, and it creates a nice visual effect for curious onlookers, too! The Liquid Bookmark sells in sets of three - red, white, and grey - and each one is unique. It is available at Designboom.

The MARK Bookmark
This bookmark is like the booklight - reimagined. No more clunky attachments or dead batteries, the MARK bookmark glows to illuminate your pages via FOLED (Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology. While I haven't got a clue how a piece of plastic can emit light, I still think this is space-age-cool! Oh yea, and it still functions as a bookmark in the daytime. Designed by Avnish Priya Gautnam.

Literati Bookmark
This bookmark is an elastic cord that wraps snugly around the book to mark your place without damaging the book itself. The cord can also be strung with beads and charms without compromising its functionality. This bookmark is available here.

My personal favorite has to be the Page Chaser. Which do you prefer?


Nikki-ann said...

The Puffy Bookmark, Page Chaser and The MARK Bookmark all sound great... I've not heard of any of them before. Thanks for sharing these :)

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