11 Beautiful Bookmarks Bibliophiles Will Love

Save your place in style with these fun, untraditional bookmarks.

1. Corner Bookmark, $2.50

Don’t fold down page corners! These bookmarks, which are made of cotton fabric and a stablizer, slip right over the corner to save your place.

2. “I Like Big Books” Bookmark, $4

Appropriate for fans of books, puns, and Sir Mix-a-Lot.

3. Your Cat in the Book Bookmark, $36

Your cat probably spends a lot of time sitting on your books, and now, you can put him in it. Etsy artisan WhiteHouseBlackCat uses a photo of your cat to create a clay sculpture of his back end, which she attaches onto a paperboard to make an awesome custom bookmark.

4. Handcut City Skyline Bookmark, $8

These intricate skylines—which include London, Paris, New York, Rome, Dubai, and more—are handcut and laminated for durability.

5. Macaron Magnetic Bookmarks, $5 and up

These delicious looking placeholders are handmade using plasticized cardstock and magnets.

6. Custom Wire Bookmark, $8

You pick what it says, what color wire it comes in, and which page hook (among your choices: heart, clover, swirl, cat, apple, crown, bird) you want, and bam! One-of-a-kind bookmark sure to delight any bibliophile.

7. Stay Put Bookmark, $5

It would take a lot of effort to lose your place if you’re using this bookmark, which has a cloth portion that marks where you’ve left off and then an elastic portion that wraps around the book. (You can see how it works here.)

8. Crochet Character Bookmark, $23

It’s hard to get cuter than these crochet character bookmarks, whose heads protrude from the top of the book to mark where you left off. The attention to detail is amazing: The Cowardly Lion has a silver badge of courage, the Mad Hatter is holding a teapot, and the wolf that ate Little Red Riding Hood’s granny has glasses on his nose.  

9. Scrabble Bookmark, $15

These 6-inch curved metal bookmarks incorporate an actual Scrabble tile and crystal beads. (Want a J? It’ll cost you $2 extra because those tiles are especially rare.)

10. Fabric Key Bookmark, $8

These key-inspired bookmarks are made of faux suede and come in sets of two.

11. Vintage Tea Spoon Bookmark, $7

This bookmark is made of an actual vintage teaspoon. Each one is made to order, so the style of spoon varies, and the hand-stamped messages can be customized.

Sagar.jadhav01, Wikimedia Commons // ;CC BY-SA 4.0
New 'Eye Language' Lets Paralyzed People Communicate More Easily
Sagar.jadhav01, Wikimedia Commons // ;CC BY-SA 4.0
Sagar.jadhav01, Wikimedia Commons // ;CC BY-SA 4.0

The invention of sign language proved you don't need to vocalize to use complex language face to face. Now, a group of designers has shown that you don't even need control of your hands: Their new type of language for paralyzed people relies entirely on the eyes.

As AdAge reports, "Blink to Speak" was created by the design agency TBWA/India for the NeuroGen Brain & Spine Institute and the Asha Ek Hope Foundation. The language takes advantage of one of the few motor functions many paralyzed people have at their disposal: eye movement. Designers had a limited number of moves to work with—looking up, down, left, or right; closing one or both eyes—but they figured out how to use these building blocks to create a sophisticated way to get information across. The final product consists of eight alphabets and messages like "get doctor" and "entertainment" meant to facilitate communication between patients and caregivers.

Inside of a language book.
Sagar.jadhav01, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 4.0

This isn't the only tool that allows paralyzed people to "speak" through facial movements, but unlike most other options currently available, Blink to Speak doesn't require any expensive technology. The project's potential impact on the lives of people with paralysis earned it the Health Grand Prix for Good at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity earlier in June.

The groups behind Blink to Speak have produced thousands of print copies of the language guide and have made it available online as an ebook. To learn the language yourself or share it with someone you know, you can download it for free here.

[h/t AdAge]

How Bats Protect Rare Books at This Portuguese Library

Visit the Joanina Library at the University of Coimbra in Portugal at night and you might think the building has a bat problem. It's true that common pipistrelle bats live there, occupying the space behind the bookshelves by day and swooping beneath the arched ceilings and in and out of windows once the sun goes down, but they're not a problem. As Smithsonian reports, the bats play a vital role in preserving the institution's manuscripts, so librarians are in no hurry to get rid of them.

The bats that live in the library don't damage the books and, because they're nocturnal, they usually don't bother the human guests. The much bigger danger to the collection is the insect population. Many bug species are known to gnaw on paper, which could be disastrous for the library's rare items that date from before the 19th century. The bats act as a natural form of pest control: At night, they feast on the insects that would otherwise feast on library books.

The Joanina Library is famous for being one of the most architecturally stunning libraries on earth. It was constructed before 1725, but when exactly the bats arrived is unknown. Librarians can say for sure they've been flapping around the halls since at least the 1800s.

Though bats have no reason to go after the materials, there is one threat they pose to the interior: falling feces. Librarians protect against this by covering their 18th-century tables with fabric made from animal skin at night and cleaning the floors of guano every morning.

[h/t Smithsonian]


More from mental floss studios