On the hunt for bookmarks

When I was a child, I used to leave anonymous notes in Library books.

Turns out I wasn’t the only one.

In their own words, Nameless leTTer is “a collaborative art project where people from all horizons leave personalized bookmarks in books with the goal of seeing other readers discover them.”

Before placing the bespoke bookmarks in books, a photo is taken by the creator and uploaded to the Nameless leTTer site. There is also a corresponding facebook group where people can discuss bookmarks they have found. I suppose it is a little like Post secret. Collective gushing is very comforting apparently.

Nameless leTTers have some fans over at the Guardian blog

“NamelessleTTer appears to be philanthropic - simply brightening up the lives of the reader, or perhaps making them think a little.”

Here are a couple of my favourites:

Escape From Alcatraz

World's Greatest Beach Holidays

This one is just plain mean:

Harry Potter

There is a common feeling that technology is forcing us into ourselves. Video games and virtual reality tell us its ok to sit in a room, stagnating, surrounded by stale pizza boxes. Cliché! Ipods, PDAs and Blackberrys give us the perfect excuse not to interact with our fellow men on the long commute. Letters and conversation have been replaced by emails, texting and twitter. Far from ensuring we become more and more disconnected however, digital developments like these allow us to engage and interact more often, more instantly and more personally with people (some of whom we will never meet.)

Like the dreams many of us have of being able to download ebooks with extras; like alternate endings, authors notes in the margin, pictures etc. Anything that makes printed physical books more interactive is a good thing right? After all, that’s the business we are in.