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Marking in library books

  1. Oct 20, 2008 #1
    Is it just me or is it annoying when people mark in library books? My sister just checked out The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene and someone has underlined about 90% of the first 20% of the book and has made all kinds of notes through out the margins. This just gets on my nerve because me and my sister find it distracting (I am planning on reading it after her). So I am just wondering if I am the only who is bothered by this.
     
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  3. Oct 20, 2008 #2
    I think it's disrespectful and should result in a fine comparable to the replacement cost of the text... and after repeated violations, should result in removal of library privileges. I don't let my 9yo stepson turn down corners of pages or handle library book with sticky fingers... let alone be near the book with a pen or pencil ("Are you kidding me?... that's not YOURS!"). The problem is that some parents don't believe in teaching manners and self-discipline anymore, and some children become adults that feel entitled to do whatever they want.

    If someone wants to mark up a text, he/she should buy the text. After all, I'm pricing the book at $10.85 US on amazon today. But hey, if the individual marked up 90% of the book, it's obvious he/she didn't have any discretion in sorting information anyways.... and apparently got "stuck" after 20% and gave up.
     
  4. Oct 20, 2008 #3

    Kurdt

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    Annoys me as well. Its fine in your own book but not a library book.
     
  5. Oct 20, 2008 #4
    whats the point even. underlining does nothing for comprehension or recall
     
  6. Oct 20, 2008 #5
    I am strongly against writing in books. I never did it myself until I saw some books from an engineer who did everything with a straight edge and highlighter. His markings were very neat, so I adopted his convention (for my own books).

    There are people who write all kinds of crap in their books like its a sheet of note book paper. I say we cut off their fingers so they never do it again.
     
  7. Oct 20, 2008 #6
    I even beat my kid for writing in coloring books.
     
  8. Oct 20, 2008 #7

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    And some even try to be witty, writing something like "I have a truly marvellous proof of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain." In Latin!

    I am rarely marking even my own books. The only exception is when I correct blatant mistakes in tables and/or equations, I have nothing against then. It saves lot of time when you read book for the second time.
     
  9. Oct 20, 2008 #8

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    "Fermat was 'ere"
     
  10. Oct 20, 2008 #9
    I have a deep respect for books. I would never write in a book let alone highlight the delicate contents. But if you own a book then you can do anything you want.
     
  11. Oct 20, 2008 #10

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    I think anyone that returns a book after defacing it should be made to buy a replacement and be suspended from the library for at least 6 months so it sinks in. Anyone that stupid and with no regard for others needs to be dealt with.
     
  12. Oct 20, 2008 #11

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    I agree. Stocking libraries with books costs a lot of money to taxpayers or students paying tuition (in the case of university libraries), and when someone comes along and defaces the book, they should have to pay for it to be replaced. If you can't read without writing in the book, either buy your own copy, or make photocopies of the book to mark up.
     
  13. Oct 20, 2008 #12
    The only thing I ever write in library books is "For a good time call, Chi" then I put Chi Mesons phone number underneath. He never should have said he wouldn't accept my call.
     
  14. Oct 20, 2008 #13
    Its pretty stupid...I DO write in my textbooks, but only when i find TYPOS!
     
  15. Oct 20, 2008 #14
    I get mysteries from the library then highlight the person who "did it" throughout the book.
     
  16. Oct 20, 2008 #15
    Uh, ok...lol. Sometimes I swear you BS stuff just to oppose everybody else on here.
     
  17. Oct 20, 2008 #16
    Sometimes? I don't do it to oppose everybody though. I do it because it makes me laugh and I'm made it my mission to spread joy and happiness throughout the world.
     
  18. Oct 20, 2008 #17
    There are libraries still??? I thought everything you need is online..

    It would be tough to enforce since people who write in books can claim that it was like that when they got it.
     
  19. Oct 20, 2008 #18

    JasonRox

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    I write in library books, but only philosophy books. I haven't yet read one that was not written in. I'm currently reading a philosophy book on Existentialism and I kind of like the markings people put in. It's interesting to see the points that caught peoples interest and such.

    The only thing I don't like is when people underline just about anything without thought, like pointless stuff.

    The book I have now had minimum 5-10 people mark in it prior to me, so I'm sure it makes no difference. Or one time I was a girl's place, and while she was out of the room, I sorted through one of her philosophy books, and she had markings throughout the book. It gives it personal character and it was nice to see points that she emphasized and such. I would have to read the book to understand them (the notes) more and obviously discuss things with her.

    I don't see the big deal if someone underlines a sentence every other page.

    If someone never marks in their own book and their book is brand new, I would be like... dang... lack of character.
     
  20. Oct 20, 2008 #19
    I like additional notes that others make in the library books.
    But, I never write on books (and I don't like to read - I only read my course related books: engineering, math .. and go over examples only).


    I also love notes on the public toilet walls or library study tables ... !
     
  21. Oct 20, 2008 #20

    JasonRox

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    Actually, I have a hard time reading mathematics, psychology or philosophy without a pencil in my hand.

    I actually use a little post-it note pad as my bookmark to write notes on them.

    Journal articles that I print out are usually written all over them, especially the math ones. Psychology and Philosophy, I just underline and comment on things.
     
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