Yes to Bookmarks: All About the Book Lover’s Best Accessory

There have been bookmarks ever since there have been books to mark. East to West, there is evidence of bookmarks from before books were printed. The older bookmarks tended to be made from leather, attached by a leather strap to an early book form known as a codex

Leather remained a popular form of bookmark for some time, mainly because bookmakers could use the same material as they used to cover their masterpieces. As the printing press took off in Europe, silk ribbons became the most popular way of marking one’s place. These also came attached to the book. 

In the Victorian and Edwardian era, as the practice of bookmarking became more popular, companies would mass-produce them as an advertising strategy. These paper bookmarks are primarily responsible for the commercial bookmarks you find in stores today, in any style, and made from almost any material you can imagine. 

Some bibliophiles love bookmarks and keep one with them in every book they’re reading. Others use any scrap paper they can find. 

And then there are the dog-earers. Each camp, the bookmarkers, and the dog-earers, tend to think that theirs is The Way. We may be biased, but at Signatora we think the bookmarkers have the right idea.

Bookmarks are the Best – 5 Reasons Why 

Reason #1: Dog ears get you dirty looks. 

Dog-earers say that it’s more convenient to fold down the corner of the page, but dedicated book lovers and especially book collectors frown on the practice. That’s especially true if the book is a hardcover, collectible, or new printing. Trust us; if people see you besmirching your pristine new treasure, you won’t gain any friends. 

At least, you won’t gain any friends that respect books. And aren’t those the only ones worth having?

Reason #2: Dog ears are unreliable.

We’re not talking about actual dogs’ ears, which are very reliable. We’re talking about what happens when you fold down a corner of a book to mark your place, but something happens. Maybe

  • You re-read the book, and your old dog-ears get folded down again, and now you can’t remember which one is current.
  • Someone else picks up the book and accidentally unfolds your corner.
  • You folded down the page, but somehow when you close it, the cover re-opens your fold.

The possibilities are endless – why take the risk?

Reason #3: Bookmarks preserve a book’s condition. 

Caring for books means that the book looks just like it did when you started reading when you turn the last page. And whether you dog-ear some of the pages to keep your place or – gasp! – place your book face down on the table; you’re doing something to the book that you can’t undo.   

Bookmarks keep your book in like-new condition. If you decide to re-sell it or pass it on to a loved one or want to pick it back up again in the future and have that new book experience also, using a bookmark ensures that the structure of the book remains intact.

Reason #4: Bookmarks are portable art.

Sure, store receipts make convenient bookmarks, but real bookmarks look so much nicer. They have color and style, and they add visual art to your literary art experience. What’s not to love?

Reason #5: Bookmarks express your personality. 

Bookmark design is as limitless as a white page. You can even make your bookmarks and give them to your reader friends, or keep them to brighten your day. Or let yourself be drawn to the rack of bookmarks in your favorite bookstore and find one that calls to you.

We asked Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi for his opinion on this matter,

“Dog-earing is not a recommended practice, and I have neither done it nor seen it done, it helps to wear out the book at the same time it is not advisable to leave bookmarks in the book beyond reading the book. Over time, they can cause alteration in the colouring of paper and result in the bindings’ loosening.”

Either way, you can add a bit of color and personality to your reading experience with every new bookmark.

Do you say yes to bookmarks? Would you like to see Signatora release bookmarks? Comment and let us know what kind you like, or share a picture of your favorite.  

Keep going, keep growing !

Good Morning to you all!!!! We just wanted to give you, our valued customers, an update on how things are progressing at your favourite publishing house (we hope). The global spread of COVID-19 and the resulting economic crisis are affecting people in ways that were unimaginable only six months ago. As a new business, Signatora has found itself like many emerging business in a difficult position and has had to navigate through delays and uncertainty.

Undoubtedly the spread of this virus has slowed down our work in many ways, but we are in the process of restarting after a period of business calm.

Moving forward, we would like to let you know that we have been able to access many previous publications of Shaykh al-Yaqoubi and are working on making these available again to our customers.

We have some releases planned for the rest of 2020 and we are looking forward to 2021 which we anticipate will be a big year for us in shāʾ Allāh. We are having to adapt our planning processes for our new books but as long as we keep going, we will keep growing in shāʾ Allāh. Please keep a watch on our social media pages to follow our progress in bringing you our next productions. 

We would like to thank you all for your continued support and we ask you to keep sharing and working with us so that we can build a publishing house which serves Islam and Muslims in the best way.



The Sultan Edition – By Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi

Sahih al-Bukhari

Now Available To Own: A Collector’s Limited-Edition Facsimile Of Sultan Abdul Hamid II’s Publication Of Sahih Al-Bukhari Al-Shareef

The Sultan edition was commissioned by Sultan Abdul Hamid II and printed in 1313 AH / 1895 CE in Egypt in nine volumes. A group of sixteen erudite scholars from Egypt, led by the Grand Shaykh of al-Azhar, Hassunah al-Nawawi reviewed it; and later Shaykh al-Islam, the Ottoman highest religious authority in the Muslim World, approved it, alongside another committee of the most learned scholars in Istanbul.

What made this edition unique was the fact that it was printed according to the famous Yunini manuscript – the most authoritative copy of Sahih al-Bukhari. This, made the Sultan’s edition the most reliable copy of Sahih al-Bukhari. Since the Sultan printed only 1000 copies His edition became a piece of antiquity, with several generations of scholars growing up hearing about it, but never seeing it.

This new edition is a reproduction by facsimile of the Sultan’s edition with its beauty and authenticity based on a rare and flawless copy housed in the library of Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi – to which the Shaykh generously granted access during the reproduction of this facsimile.

Sahih al-Bukhari is soundest book in Islam after the Quran, therefore, it must be given due respect and reverence, and produced with luxury and augustness.

In This facsimile edition, Signatora presents the 10 volumes of Sahih Bukhari full of endless beauty and unmatched elegance.

Wait… there is more.

The collection includes a new book that has never been published before; it is introduction to Sahih Al-Bukhari, by Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi.

This book helps you read the Sahih and understand how Imam Bukhari compiled it, what he included in it. It reveals the life of the author and matchless features of his book.

Every reader of Sahih al-Bukhari must have this Introduction.

A precious copy that you will treasure for ever.

Have a look at this edition, and feel it in your hand at one of our announced events, and we guarantee that you are going to buy more than one copy, as it is the best gift to give to dearest people to you.

Welcome To Signatora

By the Name of Allah we begin and with His Power we announce the inauguration of your new UK London publishing house: Signatora. We are dedicated to releasing modern and classical works that promote the spirit of mainstream Sunni Islam with focus on the teachings of the greatest Ulema of past and present times. 

Signatora has access to hundreds of unpublished manuscripts as well as early prints that are inaccessible to today’s readers . 

Our first project is the re-printing of Sahih Bukhari most authentic edition which was ordered by Sultan Abdul Hamid II and printed in Cairo almost 130 years ago in 1311 H. It 

was edited by a committee of 16 scholars lead by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar of that time, Shaykh Hassouna Nawawi. It was also compared to the most famous manuscript copy of Sahih Bukhari known as al-Yuniniyyah. Since then, this edition became the most reliable copy. Several edition were published afterwords all relying on it but never matching its beauty or precision. 

In reproducing this edition by facsimile, we are making accessible the most authentic copy of Sahih al-Bukhari, a copy that is rare and antique, now will be available in your hand with its luxury, beauty and augustness. Thanks to the Ottomans for their great service to Islam and specially to Sultan Abdul Hamid II who took on himself the duty of producing the most 

authentic printed copy of Sahih Bukhari of which you can purchase an exact replica. 

9 volumes printed on special Japanese paper with the most beautiful bindings using gold colours inside to indicate the start of every hadith and every chapter, and applying fine 

touches of gold to the edges. The binding, like the original carries on its front the Royal signature of Sultan Abdul Hamid II (known as Tughara) and on its back the coat of arms of the Sultan. 

One of the greatest scholars of our time wrote an extensive introduction in which he sheds 

lights on the life of Imam Bukhari and the importance of his book. He writes about the tradition of oral narration of hadith, the special attention that the ulema gave over centuries to the Sahih, and presents his isnad through the most popular chains of transmission in the Muslim World. 

At the end of the book, Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi wrote an epistle of prayers known as dua al-Khatm, the dua that is to be recited at the end of the reciation of Sahih al- Bukhari. He wrote this almost twenty years when he taught Sahih Bukhari in London. 

Shaykh Al-Yaqoubi is an important authority on the Prophetic Tradition. He taught Sahih Bukhari 5 times, Sahih Muslim twice, the Muwatta six times, and many other books of hadith like the Sunan, the Shama’il and Riyad al-Saliheen. 

We are open as a publishing house are open to publish original works of distinguished authors from around the World. Our key author His Eminince shaykh Muhammad al- Yaqoubi has written over 100 unique books and one of our goals is to publish his works and allow the public to benefit from his knowledge, wisdom and insight into the various 

branches of Islamic disciplines. Fifteen titles are of his works will be launched soon inshallah.