Blog Hop: Bending Covers????

book-blogger-hop-finalToday’s Book Blogger Hop question is: When reading a mass paperback book, many people fold the cover back, as if they were reading a magazine. Doing this will eventually create creases in the spine. How do you feel about this common bookish habit?

I may have actually shuddered when I read this.  I just…the poor cover!!  I’m trying not to judge anyone who does this, truly…but I’m not sure I’ve ever done this.  I’m not actually worried about creases in the spine.  I’d be more worried about bending the book out of shape and damaging the cover–either by bending it so it won’t lie flat, or actually ripping the cover off because of the wear.

Although.  The emphasis on “mass market paperback” seems to suggest these are very cheap books, and perhaps the people reading them in this way view them as a disposable, one-use-only commodity.  There we differ, because I don’t really view any book that way.  Most books I read are from the library, so they’re not even mine and, by definition, are expected to hold up for many reads.  And I only buy my books if I plan to keep them for rereading.

Some of my books have cracked spines (notably, Maskerade by Terry Pratchett, which I swear cracked on my favorite page, one of OG’s maniacal notes) and I love them anyway and so far they’ve all held up reasonably well.  But I try to treat my books with care.

Should I even ask if anyone out there folds their covers back…? 😉

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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5 Responses to Blog Hop: Bending Covers????

  1. Jemima Pett says:

    (screams and sobbing echoing away through cyberspace….)

  2. I would never do that. With those paperbacks, though, when they’re new, they’re very stiff and hard to keep open. At the beginning of the book, I have my thumb in the corner trying to keep it open and that creates a sort of crease on the lower-left corner of the cover. It’s always worrisome to me, because to me that’s just a prelude to a torn cover. Once I get to enough pages in, I can use both hands and spread the book open, which I feel is better for the book.

  3. dianem57 says:

    Nope, never have done that. But then, I read most of my books on a Kindle now, so it’s not an issue. 🙂

  4. Tiffany says:

    I usually do not bend the cover back. I feel like it ruins the book. It’s funny because I never really thought about it before.

  5. You can ask, and my answer is that I do not do that. I try my best to not ruin the spine because sometimes the pages fall out.

    Thanks for sharing.

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