Reading Comfort Elastic Bookmarks and Glittermarks – Product Review and Giveaway

Let me just say that I suck at bookmarks; I lose them left and right, so I usually just use receipts or whatever pieces of paper I can find.

One of the main times I lose my bookmarks is not between books, but in the middle of them.  I open my book, set my bookmark down, then get up and move somewhere else with my book.  Then my bookmark falls behind something or gets knocked under something else, and I don’t see it again for weeks.

When Amanda from Reading Comfort offered me the chance to review more of their products after I so loved my book buddy (check out a promotional video for the book buddy), I asked her to send me either the elastic bookmarks or the glittermarks, to see if these bookmarks could pass the Devourer of Books I-suck-at-bookmarks test.  Here are the pictures of some of the bookmarks from the Reading Comfort site, first the Glittermark, then the Elastic 4-Ribbon Bookmark:

Glittermark

Elastic 4-ribbon bookmark

I’m happy to say, friends, that yes, these bookmarks DID live up to my expectations.  Not only that, but everyone at the Justine Larbalestier book signing all admired the pretty bookmark I had on my copy of “Liar.”

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I love that these bookmarks are pretty, I love that they have multiple ribbons to mark multiple places (note: the glittermarks seem to have between 1 and 4 ribbons, so check that out before you buy if that matters to you), and I love that I CAN’T LOSE THEM when I’m reading.  Don’t get me wrong, I can (and did, temporarily) lose them if I take them off my book and don’t put them away properly, but I’m not sure what anyone can do about that.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when you use these, though:

  • They are stretchy, but they are not super loose over most books.  That means if you put them over the cover ONLY of a paperback, you’re likely to damage the cover.  This is more true for the Elastic Bookmarks than the Glittermarks.  My solution has been not to put the bookmark on until I’ve read at least 20 pages of my paperback, then put it over the cover and the first 20 pages.  Times when I haven’t been able to read 20 pages before needing to mark the page, I start out by putting the bookmark on from the back, and just putting it over a chunk of pages.  If you’re reading a hardcover, you can just put the bookmark straight on the cover
  • If you read books in the bath, you need to be careful of the ribbons.  I prefer to have my ribbons go from the bottom of the book to the top (opposite of how the Glittermark is shown above), so I had to figure out what to do with the ribbon.  Pretty soon I was able to just loop it around where the bookmark attached, and it worked great.
  • Dangling ribbons can be attractive to cats!  On the other hand, they can also keep small babies entertained, and if they’re attached to the book you’re holding aren’t a choking hazard.

Like I said, once I figured out how to make these work best for me, I looooooooved them.  They would make great stocking stuffers!

You can buy the Elastic 4-Ribbon Bookmarks, the Glittermarks, and, yes, the Book Buddy from Reading Comfort’s website.  And P.S.: they’re offering a 15% discount through the end of 2009 if you type the code blogger when checking out.

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When Reading Comfort sent me these bookmarks, they sent me more than I need for myself, so I’ll be giving a green 4-ribbon bookmark away to one lucky winner.  Contest open internationally, closes at 11:59 pm Central on Monday, November 30th.  Winner will be contacted by email.

Here’s what you can win:

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To enter, fill out the following Google Form:

21 comments to Reading Comfort Elastic Bookmarks and Glittermarks – Product Review and Giveaway

  • What an awesome idea, and they are so pretty! I have the same problem with bookmarks. I end up using receipts and sticky notes a lot and then find the actual bookmark months later. I have definitely entered this giveaway. Thanks!
    .-= Jenn´s last blog ..GG Book Review: Dance of the Happy Shades =-.

  • Macophile

    Awesomeness! I always loose my bookmarks- and then end up using little bits of paper- sometimes those appointment reminder cards from the Dr- which is bad- esp since I always loose my Bookmarks. lol! I’m def. entering the giveaway!

  • I go through bookmarks like crazy. These bookmarks seem to be a great solution!
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Teaser Tuesday: Sylvia’s Lovers =-.

  • Anna at Diary of an Eccentric has one of these bookmarks and raves about it. I’d love to win that green one…it is gorgeous and green is one of my favorite colors.

    Thanks for posting about your experiences.

  • This is great. I have used receipts, cash, sticks of gum, coins- basically anything that I had handy for a book mark. I am so bad at keeping up with them that I just started memorizing my place so I don’t really use them anymore, but I would love to try these out.

  • These look so cool. Love the way it looks on Liar. Thanks for hosting!

  • I love bookmarks, but I do tend to lose them temporarily. (Or as in my most recent case, I not only lost the bookmark but the book too!). I have one stretchy bookmark, and by far it is the most efficient one. These are just beautiful!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..The House at Riverton – Kate Morton (audio) =-.

  • No need to enter me (obvious;y since I’m not putting my info in your Google Doc), but these bookmarks look like fun!
    .-= S. Krishna´s last blog ..The Magicians – Lev Grossman =-.

  • Sandy Jay

    Those are great! What a wonderful idea. I’d love to try one.

  • I saw these when I ordered my Book Buddy. I definitely need something more durable than I currently use. With two kids, two cats, and a dog, I need something virtually indestructable!
    .-= Jenn’s Bookshelves´s last blog ..Teaser Tuesday: November 17 =-.

  • If these are half as good as the Book Buddy, they’re great!

  • That’s funny that you mention the cat attraction. That was one of the first things I thought of, but in a different way. They really can’t pull the bookmark out. I can’t tell you how many times my cats have made me lose my place because they grabbed a bookmark tassel! Lately I’ve been using a magnetic bookmark, but this is a georgous concept!

  • Amy

    This is such a pretty bookmark. I love them and can’t have enough. I tend to misplace them rather than lose them and often leave them in a book when I’m finished reading it. So I collect bookmarks and so am usually able to locate one somewhere!
    I’ve never been to the website where you got these but it sounds pretty cool so hI am off to check it out. Thanks!

  • These bookmarks look so cute! I’m willing to take my chances with my cats (even though I know one of my cats will obsess about the ribbons). :)

  • I’m so glad that I’m not alone with the bookmark limbo problem. I constantly am buying new ones because I keep misplacing them. Then I end up using whatever random piece of paper I have on hand which tends to be something I needed and I end up faving to hunt for them as well. I’m so entering the giveaway. Thank you so much.

  • I have to admit…I collect bookmarks. I rarely use them (I’m actually a page rememberer…), but I love owning them. So I had to enter the giveaway — these look amazing.
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..review: “poison study” =-.

  • They are sure darn pretty!

  • I entered the information and then realized that the comments column was somewhere else. Sorry. Meant to say the bookmarks look so good, its such a useful thing to have and thanks for making it open for overseas readers. Much appreciate the thought.

  • Janet

    Love this! Please add my name to the list for this giveaway. Thanks.

  • very very cool i would like to have these