I'm a spine bender.
I like a book to lie open when I'm reading it without my having to hold it so. Part of this preference is dictated by arthritis, but part of it is a hangover from student days when I would be making notes about or from a book and wanted it to lie open while I was writing.
When I have a new book I open it halfway and bend it back on itself. If it's a paperback book the spine creases lengthwise. I then repeat this process in an iterative fashion (quarters, eighths, etc) to "break in" the book so that I can use it comfortably.
I also write in my own books — notes in the margins, underlinings, etc. — and turn down page corners.
DH thinks this is sacrilege .
I wonder if our attitudes arise from our upbringings? I grew up in a house full of books. We were always pulling them off bookshelves during postprandial discussions in order to ascertain facts or justify arguments. My best ever teacher wrote profusely in all her books. DH, by contrast, grew up in a household where there were no books at all until he started bringing home library books. His reading and studying eventually brought him out of an illiterate (literally illiterate; his father could barely read and his mother couldn't read at all) background to an Oxford DPhil. I understand his reverence for books as physical objects and in certain cases I rever books too, for example as works of art, such as The Book of Kells and other ancient, handwritten works. But when it's a book churned out by a machine I value its contents far more than the object itself.
I still have some of my childhood Puffin books though, creased spines and all.
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