Bookplates and real books for Christmas

This time of year is very busy at Bookplate Ink. We receive many, many orders for bookplates to be given as Christmas gifts. Amidst all the Christmas craziness, many customers take the time to write wonderful e-mails and comments in their orders. I’m convinced that bookplate owners are some of the sweetest people in the world.

Recently a customer named Auban placed an order for two sets of bookplates to be given as gifts at Christmas. In the comment section of the order form, she wrote, “For my mother and my daughter. My mom just found a book with a bookplate in it from her father, who passed away when she was 5. It meant so much to her. I wanted to allow her to share that with my girls.”

This is the type of comment that makes everything else worthwhile. When I picture Auban’s mother finding that bookplate from a father she lost at such a young age, it brings tears to my eyes.

I wrote to Auban that when I started printing bookplates, I had no idea that they would mean so much to so many people. Auban wrote back: “My younger sister passed away last year and I have found books of hers with the bookplates we got for Christmas one year. It has been such a tangible connection to family members we’ve lost recently and long ago.” More tears.

I know many Kindles and Nooks will be given as Christmas presents this year. But nothing beats the beauty and intimacy of a physical book (especially with a bookplate inside!) as a present. I was very encouraged to read an article in the New York Times this past Sunday saying that publishers are adding high quality and decorative touches to book covers and endpapers to encourage the pleasure of owning physical books as opposed to e-books. As I know from this business, there are still plenty of people reading and enjoying real books in their personal library.


3 comments on “Bookplates and real books for Christmas

  1. Cathy Mendez says:

    I purchased” ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” for my one-year-old grandson, and it turned out to be a book that I could read to him and it would be recorded. In other words, while he is looking through the book he will hear me reading it to him. My daughter and son-in-law have promised to bring it out for him, every Christmas Eve, and they have asked me to inscribe it for him. However, I need a large book plate to cover up a design on the book. can you help me?

    • bookplateink says:

      Thank you for writing, Cathy. We may be able to help you. We can print bookplates in different sizes. How large do you need the bookplate to be? I will write to your e-mail so we can correspond directly.


  2. Kevin says:

    Very nice story about the impact of bookplates.

    I am wondering when someone will do a bookplate type deal for ereaders.

    Enjoy the Holidays!

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