Online Bookmarks and Notes
Readers of printed books have always faced a quandary – to mark up the book, or not to mark up the book?
Adding highlighting, notes, and marginal comments to printed books brings them to life, but it’s difficult, and it messes up the book. If you end up giving the book to a library, or a friend, the book is usually perceived as much less valuable if you’ve written in notes, even in pencil.
With your iPad, though, you can easily add comments and notes of any length you like, easily, and without damaging the underlying book. You can just turn on and off the display of comments.
There’s another technique I recommend, especially now that the iPad has multitasking. That’s using the Notes app for long-form notes and thoughts on your book.
Not every comment fits on a sticky note. You can easily open the Notes app on the iPad, or some other word processing app, and make notes to go with your book.
Tying your overall notes page to the book is easy. Just type in the title of your notes page as a comment at the beginning of the book. If you want to be sure to be able to find the notes in the future, email them to yourself, including a few suggestive keywords (such as the title of the book, and the author’s name) for good measure.
The ability to have your own custom annotations, that live forever, and without messing up the underlying book, is a major advantage for e-books.