Monday, October 20, 2008


Tonight as I watched the Denver Broncos get mauled by the Patriots, I decided to look for a new address book or notebook where I can keep track of my log-in and password information for the numerous social media, publisher, news, and book blog sites I now frequent, as well as maintain basic address information. I realize that we have computers and PDA's which are supposed to fill this need, but I recently lost all my data when my laptop hard drive and Treo died at the same time, and on that day I vowed to return to a paper system as a backup.

So after the 4th interception by the Patriots, I went to the Levenger site, which is always a fun place to window shop for the person who loves all types of accessories for reading and writing. I used to lovingly pour over these catalogs and make lengthy wish lists, although I must admit I rarely actually purchased anything.

Anyway, I found this interesting table of reader marks to help when making notes while reading.

Which brings up the everlasting question:

Do you like to make notes in your books as you read or are you someone who would never think of destroying the pristine page with some personal notations or reflections?


Sarah Rettger said...

I'll definitely underline if I find something good, and occasionally scribble questions in the margins. I'll have to work on making my marginalia more interesting!

Joni said...


I have always been a writing in the book person, because I save my books and my notes are a kind of journal that shows changes in my perspective as I go through life.

With the opening of Paragraphs, I am faced with a dilemma. If I mark in books it reduces their value or means I cannot resell them, and I need to change my attitude and be willing to sell my used books--I mean isn't that the purpose of having a neighborhood bookshop.

So, this is one more decision I face in opening a bookstore.

Sam said...

Me, if I like something - or am getting paid to review things - I use Post-A-Notes, stickies, or whatever. It is a sacrilege to spoil a very good book by writing on it. That's just silly old me.

Draft manuscripts, hehe, they're fair game and I'm pretty darn-tooting rough on the writer! One uses proofing marks for those. But rather than be too rough, I might use squiggely lines or a cloud box to indicate awkward writing, and write "Awk" in the margin.

As to writing in published books, some say that is a sign of true genius. Somebody did a study of Adolf Hitler's library and about his use of extensive marginalia, which was quite impressive. -sam