Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Forgotten Bookmarks blog

Do you buy used books from the secondhand bookstore? Ever found any interesting scribbles in the books? You'd be lucky to find any!

I came across this really interesting blog a couple of weeks ago. It is called Forgotten Bookmarks with postings by Michael Popek, 'a used and rare bookseller who buys books from people every day'. Now don't you envy his job???

So every time he finds something in a used book, such as a bookmark, note, letter, recipe written on a scrap of paper, a hate letter, photograph, receipt, shopping list or other random stuff, he will just post it up on his blog.

I think I could start doing that too if I ever come across something like that worth sharing.

There's even a published book on the bookmarks he had found! It's aptly titled 'Forgotten Bookmarks'.

About the book:
It's happened to all of us: we're reading a book, something interrupts us, and we grab the closest thing at hand to mark our spot. It could be a train ticket, a letter, an advertisement, a photograph, or a four-leaf clover. Eventually the book finds its way into the world-a library, a flea market, other people's bookshelves, or to a used bookstore. But what becomes of those forgotten bookmarks? What stories could they tell?

By day, Michael Popek works in his family's used bookstore. By night, he's the voyeuristic force behind, where he shares the weird objects he has found among the stacks at his store.

Forgotten Bookmarks is a scrapbook of Popek's most interesting finds. Sure, there are actual bookmarks, but there are also pictures and ticket stubs, old recipes and notes, valentines, unsent letters, four-leaf clovers, and various sordid, heartbreaking, and bizarre keepsakes. Together this collection of lost treasures offers a glimpse into other readers' lives that they never intended for us to see. 

As I was going through the older posts in his blog, Popek had posted on Jan 17 about how some $10,000 worth of books were lost in a pipe burst incident. What a huge amount. Go on and visit his blog to read about it.


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