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What would you do if you saw someone writing on a book?

Post by thebookworm4ever » 07 Apr 2014, 15:08

If I saw someone doesn't matter who I will give them a dirty look. I know thats kinda mean but its better than what I really want to do, which is take the book from them wack them up side the head with it and walk away with the book clutched to my chest. Writing on a book feels like vandalizing a piece of art.

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Post by Fran » 07 Apr 2014, 17:05

I might not like it but if the book is his/her property I would probably just mind my own business.
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Post by NanoWasabi » 07 Apr 2014, 19:31

Well, it depends on what they're writing, which would be hard to find out without making them feel uncomfortable already. If they're writing notes about the book, then I say more power to them! It just means they're enjoying the book and want to remember specific things when they get to that part of the book again, it's no worse than highlighting.

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Post by thebookworm4ever » 07 Apr 2014, 20:19

Good point NanoWasabi I make notes too but instead of writing on the book I use sticky notes.

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Post by Grouchiegirl119 » 07 Apr 2014, 20:51

I would let them write away. It's their book - they should be able to enjoy it however they like. There is nothing wrong with writing or highlighting in à book as far as I'm concerned.

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Post by luluMoon1940 » 20 Apr 2014, 21:55

Although I would never do it (sticky notes a great idea), live and let live.

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Post by gali » 20 Apr 2014, 22:59

If it is their book, it is their business. I myself don't write in books, but to each his own.
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Post by prarich » 20 Apr 2014, 23:10

I wouldn't do anything assuming the book belongs to them. If it is a library book, I wouldn't like it but still not do anything.

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Post by Aussie-reader » 21 Apr 2014, 04:51

If I knew for sure that it was a library book - or worse yet, my book :shock: - yes, I would say something.

But if it is their own book, then No, of course I would not - it is none of my business.

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Post by neilgriffin » 21 Apr 2014, 05:34

I would assume that they were a student annotating a text.

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Post by krismags » 21 Apr 2014, 10:44

As a student whose teachers and professors have at times required that texts be highlighted and annotated, I would feel that it is not my place to judge them. Everyone's situation is different, and you never know why they might be doing that

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Post by khadoja_ayad » 21 Apr 2014, 14:36

As long as it's not my book, then I don't care.

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Post by Inishowen_Cailin » 22 Apr 2014, 14:10

It depends what kind of book it was and who owned it! I wouldn't want anyone writing in my books or books belonging to the library but I have written into loads of student text books in my time and appreciated annotations from previous owners!

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Post by readerromance2003 » 22 Apr 2014, 16:33

I would probably:
1. Tell the parent if it was a little kid
2. Explain to them why they should not write on the book
3. Take the book away
4. Ask them to pay for the book and or replace it with a new one
5. Last resort: SCREAM

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Post by saviolo » 22 Apr 2014, 16:53

If they were a student of mine, correct their spelling then ask their parents to pay for a replacement.

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