Bookmarks: The History and Origin of Bookmarks

Did you know that, according to information, only 51% of Brits read at least one book in the past year?

It's a lot less than many other developed countries, but it's still a lot of people: around 34 million, in fact. Of these, around 22 million are so-called 'heavy readers', reading at least 10 books a year, rather than just a single paperback on the beach.

Why am I telling you this?

Because all these readers need a simple and essential tool to keep track of their reading: a bookmark.

Bookmarks, a brief history

Bookmarks initially appeared at the same time as the production of the first handwritten books, and also were probably used in the very first codices. They arised in Europe, Africa and Asia, and also were mainly stiff (constructed from wood, bone or gold or various other steels), because at the time publications were still one-of-a-kind as well as priceless things.

It was throughout the midlifes that the structures were laid for the book mark as we understand it today, with making use of string, strips of natural leather and bows, followed by the first paper or slim wooden bookmarks, and also at some point the advancement of various one-of-a-kind and resourceful options, including revolving book markings.

In the nineteenth century the book marking became the device we currently know and enjoy, published theoretically and typically including an opening with a small string tied through it. After that, with the creation of advertising and marketing as well as raising proficiency rates that made books a mainstream item, the book marking began to play a vital function in promoting services.