survey/looking for opinions! wondering how people make notes/mark up books when they read

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survey/looking for opinions! wondering how people make notes/mark up books when they read
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Fri, 09-21-2012 - 1:28pm

Hey everyone!   

 

I'm doing some research about how people read and interact with their books - specifically how one marks up/makes notes on what they're reading.  

 

I would LOVE to hear your opinions.

Here are some things I'm interested in, offering them here maybe as a starter to this conversation:

 

 • Do you primarily read with a traditional book or an e-reader?  

 • If you use an e-reader, do you make notes on what you're reading? electronically or on paper?  If you don't write in your book, 

Do you ever tweet/facebook post/etc quotes or thoughts on the book you're reading? 

 • If you use books, do you make notes in them?  If so, how?  do you underline? write a small notes or questions for yourself? dog-ear pages?

have you noticed a trend in what you tend to like/mark in a book?  for example, do you note really well written lines? or maybe important moments in the book?  character oriented stuff

i'm interested in how we might categorize these in a sense that's like tagging/hashtagging.  What are the different aspects of books that we like.

Do you ever tweet/facebook post/etc quotes or thoughts on the book you're reading?

Do you ever flip thru a book you've read and reread the parts that you marked up?  Is this something you do often with the same books?  Do you find that doing this helps you remember the book?

 • If you don't make notes in the book you're reading, would you start if there was an easy way to make the note shareable online? 

Thanks guys - hope you find this as an interesting topic as I do!

-Lisa

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Hi Lisa,

I pretty much exclusively read books. I share a Kindle with my husband, but he's the one who uses it.

(I read two classic novellas for my bookclub this spring on the Kindle. These were books I could not easily find as books and they were free on the Kindle. Herland and The Yellow Wallpaper by Gilman are the books in question. I think one aspect of my not liking these books were that the technology was new & cumbersome to me. For instance, when one book ended I was shocked. I didn't know the ending was coming and it totally confused me.)

A hundred years ago when I was an undergraduate and somewhat more recently when I went to graduate school I marked up my texts a lot: if I wasn't planning on selling them back to the bookstore or more recently to half.com or whatever. When I didn't mark up the books, I used post-its that I could easily remove. I took some classes where the "text" was copied articles from journals. Those I would write on. I used the post- it method recently when I was re-reading a favorite novel where i was planning on leading the discussion in my RL book group.

One thing I do do, is that when I find a particulary wonderful sentence, sentences or paragraph that I think will illustrate what I think about the book is about or illustrates the charcters or setting I write down the page number on a particular pad. Then I incorporate the quote into the review/ thoughts I write for myself (and Goodreads & Amazon to a lesser extent and here) on every book I read. I've had the same pad for three years.

I've never asked questions on fb about what I read, though Goodreads does share with my fb friends what I've read & what I think about it...

I don't write in the margins of fiction. Period.  

Julia 

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• Do you primarily read with a traditional book or an e-reader?  Only traditional books

 • If you use an e-reader, do you make notes on what you're reading? electronically or on paper?  If you don't write in your book, n/a

Do you ever tweet/facebook post/etc quotes or thoughts on the book you're reading? Nope

 • If you use books, do you make notes in them?  If so, how?  do you underline? write a small notes or questions for yourself? dog-ear pages?  I do not make notes, underline, or highlight in books period.  If I'm reading something for a class and I need to take notes I use a notebook designated for that class to write them in.  I don't dog ear pages either, but will use bookmarks.

have you noticed a trend in what you tend to like/mark in a book?  for example, do you note really well written lines? or maybe important moments in the book?  character oriented stuff  n/a

Do you ever tweet/facebook post/etc quotes or thoughts on the book you're reading?  Nope

Do you ever flip thru a book you've read and reread the parts that you marked up?  Is this something you do often with the same books?  Do you find that doing this helps you remember the book?  I don't mark up books, but sometimes I go back to previous chapters to refresh my memory of a scene.

 • If you don't make notes in the book you're reading, would you start if there was an easy way to make the note shareable online?  It makes me sad to see notes, highlight, underlining in books so no I wouldn't do it.  Since I only read traditional books I don't know how sharing of such a thing would be easily done online, but most likely I'd be too lazy to do it lol.

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hi lisa,

i read both paper books and an ereader. i have never written in any of my books. i learned how to bookmark a book on my kindle but don't do it. nor do i ever dogear a book, i always use a bookmark or a scrap of paper to keep my place.

no, i don't put my opinion on either twitter or facebook. but, i do have a blog where i put reviews mainly because i review for a website and it's required.

i do on occasion re read parts of a book, but i just flip through until i find the place that i want.

ellen

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My responses:

 

 • Do you primarily read with a traditional book or an e-reader? I only read traditional paper books - so far.

 

 • If you use an e-reader, do you make notes on what you're reading? electronically or on paper?  If you don't write in your book, 

Do you ever tweet/facebook post/etc quotes or thoughts on the book you're reading?  n/a

 • If you use books, do you make notes in them?  If so, how?  do you underline? write a small notes or questions for yourself? dog-ear pages?  Now that I'm no longer a student, I don't write in books.  Most of the books I buy are used books, which often have notes and underlines, and I like reading those. It's like a visit with the person who commented or underlined. But sometimes it's distracting. I don't write in books myself because I don't want to deface the book, and might make it harder to read by someone else, or evenby me later on.

have you noticed a trend in what you tend to like/mark in a book?  for example, do you note really well written lines? or maybe important moments in the book?  character oriented stuff  As I've said, I don't write in books, and would hate to limit the significance of a book to a few quotes or "word-bites".  When I really like a book,I feel that I am immersed in it, that I'm experiencing the lives of the characters (fiction), or a conversation with the author (non-fiction). I might  remember particular sections spontaneously when they are appropriate for certain experiences in my own life. I might even remember that a book was enthralling or moving or useful when I read it in the past, so I might reread it, and find the best parts - or discover new great sections.

i'm interested in how we might categorize these in a sense that's like tagging/hashtagging.  What are the different aspects of books that we like.

Do you ever tweet/facebook post/etc quotes or thoughts on the book you're reading?  Rarely, sometimes online on this board or in email with family.

Do you ever flip thru a book you've read and reread the parts that you marked up?  Is this something you do often with the same books?  Do you find that doing this helps you remember the book? n/a

 • If you don't make notes in the book you're reading, would you start if there was an easy way to make the note shareable online? No. Since I don't use e-books, the only way I can share quotes is to type them into a post or a Word document, and I already do that.

 

Roberta