It's time for another Owlcrate unboxing! In case you didn't know it, Owlcrate is a subscription service that sends you a surprise book each month (either a Young Adult or Adult 16+ novel) as well as 3-5 bookish keepsakes. This month's theme is High School.
Book lovers, beware. This post is about writing things on books. With permanent ink.
If you love to give away books you may have encountered the predicament of book inscriptions.
Are they really worth it? Do they ruin the book? Is it considered sacrilege?
I would say it depends on only two factors. One, if the receiver of the book prefers to keep their collection in perfect conditions. And two, if the book in question is a rare or very special edition.
In any other case I would say you should go for it. Giving books as a gift is an awesome way to connect with someone else and share an experience with them. And if we are talking about mass-produced books, an inscription will only make them more special and personalized for the owner.
If you are uncertain on how to inscribe a book, this is the process I like to follow: