New Bookmark Designs

Here they are! When all of our previous styles sold out suddenly, we first considered just producing more of the same designs. On second thought, however, the thing that drives us is the desire to create new and beautiful things that readers will enjoy. We decided to retire all of the past designs and come up with two brand new items! These items are currently in production, so we just have the art files to show off at this point, but these will soon be available to order through our home page. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

New Flower Bookmark: new flower proof

With the popularity of our previous floral designs, we had to make another flower bookmark. This pattern was created to show off the beautiful colors of our materials, and to incorporate some smaller details that add to the tactile element of the bookmark. You will love looking at and touching this bookmark!

Wake Up! Bookmark: kid design proof

We intended to create a design that middle grade and high school readers would find interesting and fun. We ended up with one of our coolest designs ever. This bookmark provides the tactile perception that makes these items unique through several small icons in a repeating pattern. The design is primarily black, white and red, but we added detail work in color to catch the eye as well. These make great gifts for any student or young reader that needs a little bit of encouragement reading, but is also a cool item for those you know who are already bookworms. Once you see the pattern and feel the texture, you will want one for yourself too.

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The Best Book I’ve read in 2018

I asked this question earlier today on instagram, and as always the community had a lot to say. There were so many readers who chimes in to answer this question, which can sometimes be a difficult decision to make. There were a few familiar titles, some that I have been wanting to read, and even a few that I haven’t heard of before. Take a look:

We take our Read a Thons seriously

Getting kids excited about reading books can be a challenge. There are more things than ever that compete for our attention, and some parents struggle to get their children to read a book. One of the things that works well in my house is… essentially bribery. We load up on treats, we find a stack of books, and we pull out every blanket that we own to build “nests” for the kids. They love it!

Our kids are pretty young still: six, four, two, so they are fairly easy to bribe and manipulate. Do you have any tricks to help young children, or older kids to spend time with books?

Books – a great, free source of entertainment

I came across a nice little info graphic on the web that illustrates some of the advantages of reading books.

And all of these are true, or at least they “might be” true. There is one that I can’t relate to personally. (See below). I can never seem to get out of a bookstore without dropping twenty or thirty bucks! Ha.

Friday Black book review

I bought this book at a signing in Boston last week. The author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah read a selection and gave some thoughts on his experience as a new writer. The book is a collection of short stories with deep, impactful themes but told in digestible and entertaining settings. These stories each mix an aspect of fantasy or surrealism with a message that we can relate to today. These stories are significant and meaningful, but easy to read and hard to forget. I blew through the book in less than a week.

Plus the colors are just right for fall. Ha!

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

I had a chance to hear this hot new author read from and sign his new book Friday Black at Harvard Bookstore in Boston.

This writer is exactly the type of person that you truly want to find great success. While the subjects of many of his short stories are dark and foreboding Adjei-Brenyah was upbeat and funny during his discussion of the writing process and while answering questions from the audience.

I have had a chance to read the first 100 pages of his book Friday Black and I am finding it very enthralling. These stories each have a definite edge, and some even have aspects of fantasy or science fiction, but they are each relevant and meaningful for the modern day.

Read Friday Black, and if you have a chance to see Adjei-Brendan in person, don’t miss it.

Cold Weather Cometh

Summer is finally and most definitely over. We had our first snow in the mountains of Utah this past week. We are preparing ourselves mentally for significantly less sunshine for the next six months… but it’s not all bad:

Hot tea and a good book. Although I just can’t seem to get into this particular book. Oh well, there are plenty more on my shelves to take its place.

A Boat-Load of Bookmarks!!!

We just finished our most recent big order of bookmarks, over one thousand of this beautiful Pink Flower style.

Now we just have to package them up and send them out. We have a lot in stock right now, so if you like this style, now is the time to jump on these. I can get some out to you by the next day!

Stephen Florida; Gabe Habash

Author Gabe Habash’s use of words in his novel Stephen Florida will make you say- “Damn. I wish I could write like that!” I am about 100 pages into this story of a collegiate wrestler who learns about the world off the wrestling mat that he has been missing out on.

Habash creates a novel with a well-paced plot, interesting characters, and meaningful asides that make the book exciting to read. He has created a work that you don’t want to put down as he moves intermittently from descriptions of raw, brutal strength to precious young love, to deep seeded psychological fear.

Check on our site in a few more days for the full review.

Italic Bookmarks at Product Powerup 2018

Thursday and Friday were well spent at the second installment of Product Powerup in Salt Lake City. This was the second year for this exciting and informative event. Guests of honor included Mitt Romney and several representatives of the HSN/QVC shopping network.

Italic Bookmarks was invited to display and sell our unique products at the event. It was a great opportunity to interface with customers and many entrepreneurs with very interesting ideas for the products and the business as a whole.