There’s not a lot of people I’ll lend books to. I chose people I hope will be kind to them–and people I can track down and maim if they damage a book.
This is my book, I say. Be nice to it. There’s a bookmark in there–use it. Do NOT write in it, dog-ear pages, or spill stuff on it. If you ruin it, you replace it.
Seems fair to me.
I loaned The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to a friend. He removed the dust jacket because he doesn’t like to read books with them on, and then lost the silly thing somehow.
Vexing, but since it doesn’t damage my ability to read the book, I let it go.
And then we were talking about The Bloggess, whom I adore, so I loaned him my signed hardback copy of Let’s Pretend this Never Happened. (I removed the dust jacket myself, for its own safety.) When I visited him later, I saw my book, mashed flat against a hard surface!
A few pages were bent, and the spine was most definitely broken.
He hadn’t used the bookmark, he said, because he’d been in a hurry, so he’d just put it down. And somehow, he didn’t know that leaving a book open face-down could damage it, probably because he’s not as much of a reader as I am.
I thought I was covered with ‘use the bookmark,’ but the world is a strange place…
Do you lend books to your friends? What do you do when a book comes back damaged?
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