There are indeed, so many ways to harm a book!
One of the worst ways to harm a book is by neglect — failure to READ it.
Dog-earing drives us CRAZY in Circulation. Are there not scraps of paper all over this “we-don’t-give-a-crap-about-recycling” planet? Come on, people!
And another one is censoring books you don’t like, for the “benefit” of others. We’ve had patrons return books with graphic scenes or swear words blacked out with markers. Of course, we charge them for it and order a new copy (on their dime), but sometimes those books are out of print, and that’s the end of it. So maddening, even just thinking about it now at home.
Censoring the out-of-print books is like a horror movie scenario to me. So horrible, I shudder just to think of it.
I used to work as a Children’s Librarian, those poor, poor books…
..but we’d get books back with missing pages, marked up with so much highlighter that you needed sunglasses to read them, chewed on, beaten halfway to hell and back, and all the person would say was: “I checked it out like that.” Seriously?
Nowadays, I get most of my DVDs checked out from the library. I can’t imagine what goes on in some people’s houses, when I see the state of some of those disks. Now I don’t even bother to look — I just take my lens cleaner and a soft cotton cloth and clean them up before I put them in my machines.
Sometimes, however, you get an interesting comment in the margins. It’s sort of like the Internet that way.
I love a good bookstore or library. There’s something visceral about paper & ink. e-books are okay for light reading, but for anything I’m going to keep going back to, or for finding new authors & checking them out before buying, it’s got to be a bookstore or a library.
This is the strip that was up when I discovered Little Dee on it’s first go around.
I’m a bit late in asking this, but…what does “Furtovian” mean?
Really? When I worked in the library, dog-ears and markings were forgivable, but when visitors put back books in the wrong shelf, oh that was hell!
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