Monday, December 19, 2011

Hooray, I'm taking notes!


super cute hipster (no, really) just sent me a set of these notebooks for book readers, and they are fantastic.


I honestly can't decide whether to keep them or give them to my niece. Would she appreciate them or would they just feel like a homework assignment? Could I actually get myself to take notes the next time I read a book??

Last time I tried it was years ago when I decided to make a list of all the words I had to look up while reading Infinite Jest. I wish I had that list NOW.

Okay then, it's settled. I'm keeping the notebooks.


p.s. READ THE PRINTED WORD, YOU GUYS

23 comments:

  1. Infinite Jest requires note-taking.

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  2. What a gread idea! If your neice likes reading, gift away. Although, I'm a bit of a nerd, so maybe not the best person to ask.

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  3. @Owlissa i think maybe she doesn't, so it would be one of those stupid grown up READING IS FUN! presents. lame

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  4. @ESB: AGREED. I read it and when I was done thought "you know, that woulda worked out better had I taken notes while reading it."

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  5. interesting. i think you are missing the mark.
    if i manage to read more books on my kindle than you do in print? well, your loss, i'd say.

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  6. I work in publishing (proper book printing academic and trade publisher), and the publishing landscape is changing and we are making more and more ebooks, but that doesn't mean they are the enemy. As long as people are reading fantastic content that they can get excited about, that is what really matters - not what form they read it in. Besides I don't think ebooks will take over completely, there will always be a place for hardcopy books.

    *and this from someone who works in publishing and LOVES real, tangible books.

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  7. I would add though, that I do take issue with certain ereaders (ahem, kindle) which use proprietary means to monopolize the market, and affect publishers/printers ability to conduct business.

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  8. I love books, but I don't think I'd use this. Would be great for a book club or for a book that you wanted to lend to friends, that way you could all jot down your notes and look back to see what other people thought.

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  9. I really love my non-kindle ebook reader. I still buy and read printed books though -at home. I just can't carry them around in a bag all day getting all crumpled.

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  10. If you'd highlighted all those words in your Kindle you'd still have that list. Just sayin.

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  11. Thanks for sharing this ESB! Totally just bought these. So fun.

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  12. I need to buy these so I stop scribbling notes on the actual pages. You should see the margins of my Gabriel Garcia-Marquez books - I have a lot of thoughts.

    TANGIBLE BOOKS FOR LIFE!

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  13. also do you and Jamie hate each other? I can't tell

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  14. I have to shamefacedly admit that I've given into the Kindle full force. I think my reading has increased 10x because I can check out books without having to actually get to the library during their nearly non-existent hours.

    For the bathtub, and for books I will want to read over and over again, I go with print.

    For first passes and bus reading and ease of use, I'll take the Kindle, every time.

    Sorry, lady. I've gone over to the dark side.

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  15. @ ESB - NEVER! Although I do sometimes have to ask D to update me on what my family is doing, because he is friends with all of them and I am allergic to the phone. Awkward.

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  16. Real books all the way. I want to feel the pages, and I want each book to have its own personality. I want to be able to find it in real space. I want the words to be on an actual page and not move around.

    I also don't want technology to develop and be able to simulate a book for me (fake textured pages - whatever the future holds), I just want a book please.

    Also, the Kindle adverts in the UK show only white, blonde pretty people. Puts me in a rage every time.

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  17. As a librarian, I wholeheartedly agree with ESB's "fuck the kindle" sentiment. However, if people are reading it makes me happy. Rock, meet hard place.

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  18. Those are awesome! I'd say keep them and if you like them, get some for your niece another time, with a great book.
    I bought my whole family books for Christmas this year, even the 22 year old sister who has probably only read 2 books in her life. I'm going for the SERIOUSLY reading IS FUN tactic, we'll see how it goes.

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  19. FIRST: thank you ESB for sharing my notebooks with the crew here

    SECOND: anyone who reads an e-book version of Infinite Jest is missing the point of reading Infinite Jest.

    THIRD: I accept and EVEN USE e-readers, but I really, really like books (and reading experiences) that take advantage of the glories of paper, of which glories, there are many.

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  20. i write IN books. well, my own books, anyway. not in library books. so maybe this would be helpful for me in a "library book situation".

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  21. I would 'fuck the kindle' if i could. i love it that much.

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