I have a very specific memory of my eighth grade History teacher becoming angry as we opened our new textbooks. I remember his booming voice saying “By God hasn’t anyone taught you how to open a book?!” We thought he was nuts, what did he mean teach us how to open a book? He then demonstrated the above method and said, “That is how you open a book! Now back to the lesson!”

I still think of him when I open a new book and gently ease the binding. I think he would appreciate the anecdote included in these instructions, how the book was ‘violently opened.’ I might not remember too much of the history I learned but I will always remember how to properly open a book.