Oh no you don’t! Not in my books!
That pretty much sums up my stance on dog ears. Why would you crease a page with words on it?! I ask incredulously.
I keep my place in books with a bookmark, carefully chosen for the specific book. If I find an interesting passage, I copy it down in a journal, letting the words flow through my pen.
However, I know there are readers that dog ear pages. I caroused the web and found readers, who are very exact with their dog ears. Top corners for finding their place in the book, bottom corners for interesting passages. Some turn a corner of a miscellaneous length; others fold the corner to the precise line of interest.
Others still make dog ears into art, by folding corners to make the folds resemble a heart or, as I recent saw, the entire state of Kentucky. I can see the art in some of the dog-earing, but then you’ve discarded the book – you’re not going to read it again.
What is your opinion on dog-earing? Am I a complete book snob?
Oh yes, I have a few fun facts about dog ears as well. Dog ears are named so because they fold, opposed to wolf ears that are erect. In Danish, a dog ear is call a donkey ear (æseløre). Apparently, our bookish ears are more floppy than the English version.