As a child I used to turn the corner of the page of a book down to mark the spot that I had arrived at in a story. At some point in my early adulthood I borrowed a book from a friend who warned me against that destructive practice. Since then I have been careful about signifying my reading progress in a story.
Of course libraries are not keen on page corner turners (PCTs) but most of their books have hefty dust jackets that may do the job. Of course in recent years the stationers have been quite creative in producing clever and amusing ways of marking your place without causing damage.
Of course those who read exclusively from a Kindle or the like don't require bookmarks as the software defaults to the last page read, but I don't believe that books will stop being produced and for as long as that is the case bookmarks will be required.
In 2007 I was fortunate enough to visit Japan in a joint venture between an English choir of which I was a member and Osaka Symphony Chorus. The members of the Japanese choir gave us parting gifts and mine was an origami book mark as seen above. It is quite detailed and beautifully made. In fact children in school frequently make bookmarks for a variety of artistic purposes.
Long live books!
My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.
This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.
Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.