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By: Ilene Frank

Sat, 22 May 2010 01:17:54 +0000

I read through the posts pretty quickly... did anyone note the "Popular Highlights" feature in the Kindle? I saw them while I was reading "DIY U" by Kamenetz on my iPod Touch - Seemed like a nice example of crowd sourcing to me.

By: Tammy Gillmore

Sun, 16 May 2010 13:45:27 +0000

This was a "light-bulb" post for me. Thanks for sharing!

By: Jean Tower

Sun, 09 May 2010 15:51:17 +0000

I really enjoyed the post and all the comments. As an avid reader and lover of books I resisted the Kindle - until this past December when I finally took the plunge. All I can say is no more dead-tree books for me. I love it for all the reasons Will shares, and more. Also, we now say "That's a real page-clicker" in my house - I guess you iPad users have page swishers?

By: Is this the “killer ap” for research? « Venn Librarian

Sun, 09 May 2010 14:20:06 +0000

[...] it!) and Buffy’s also used it as a collection development tool.  Will is considering the implications for his reading/notetaking habit.  Me, I use it and love it for certain things, but haven’t played with it enough to think of [...]

By: Kerrie Vytlacil

Sat, 08 May 2010 17:05:00 +0000

Hi All, I'm sorry to be entering this discussion so late. I bought a Kindle DX for my birthday present in February. At that time, my only decision points were between the Sony e-reader and the Barnes and Noble Nook. After using it, Apple released the iPad. I started to think, should I have waited? No. Here's why. The reason I chose Kindle in the first place was because it remained so close to paper reading. I'm a military spouse, as well as an online student and teacher. I didn't want my pages backlit, otherwise I would continue reading on my netbook or other device. I didn't need to view other multimedia, because, again, I have a netbook or other device for that. The iPad still is backlit and it majors on multimedia, so I feel comfortable with my decision to use the Kindle, thus saving my eyes from the backlit burn. And now that you shared how to retrieve those highlights and notes, I am really happy! =D I knew they were somewhere, I just didn't know it was a whole different URL. I am sad that I cannot cut and paste them though. But at least I won't be losing my notes anymore. Not only do I write in my books, which my husband can't stand (he's dyslexic), but I also have paper notes, notebooks, and journals. The Kindle was a way to collate and have something available during our moves. It seems I always misplace something. And the reason I went ahead to forge into digital reading was because I needed to reduce all of this paper in my house (the weight of my library is half of our moving allotment) as well as to engage in the highlighting and notetaking features. I go through a lot of articles as a doctoral student. I am just disappointed that these scholarly sources are not e-reader friendly, much less available. And it does make traveling easier. Instead of carrying lots of books and binders, I just carry my netbook and my Kindle. I hope to replace most of my books with their digital versions (they are much cheaper than the paper!). I can't say all. Art books just have to remain in paper form. They're in color which Kindle doesn't support. Yes, an iPad may help with just my art book collection, but it's not the same. Like another poster said, these types of books are big for a reason. That ScanSnap device another poster mentioned sounds like it could fit the bill here too. I'm not familiar with Evernote or iAnnotate. That sounds interesting. I wonder if it's something that could help with my upcoming dissertation? The problem is I don't have much Mac. I work both platforms, but my Mac is a Macbook Pro. My phone is a Blackberry. And everything else is PC. I haven't tried the Kindle apps for either one yet. I really prefer to have non-platform specific software like OpenOffice. That is way better than Parallels desktop btw! Thanks for your post and sharing your tips. I have learned a lot more from this thread that I hope to implement very soon.

By: A Smarter Book — bit by bit

Thu, 06 May 2010 09:12:58 +0000

[...] Let me begin with a huge shoutout to Will Richardson who wrote this week’s post already for me. Seriously: I’ve been getting ready to write about my ideas of a “Smarter Book” for awhile, and Will pretty much captured a lot of my thinking in his recent fantastic post. [...]

By: I Begin a New Chapter in My Life as a Reader « The Unquiet Librarian

Wed, 05 May 2010 03:19:33 +0000

[...] weekend.   Spurred by my interest in the iPad and its possibilities, especially after reading Will Richardson’s post, I decided to finally take the plunge this past weekend.  I will readily admit I was a little [...]

By: The Shifted Librarian » Broken Boxes

Fri, 30 Apr 2010 14:29:32 +0000

[...] first is from Will Richard­son and is titled The End of Books (At Least, For Me?), a provoca­tive state­ment to be sure. Donâ€(image) t panic — itâ€(image) s not really about the end of [...]

By: This Game-Changer Business. «

Thu, 29 Apr 2010 19:54:51 +0000

[...] it’s unwise to slay the gods in the 7th post on a young blog, but there was something about Will Richardson’s post the other day about “The End of Books” that struck me as precisely the kind of position [...]

By: Kenric Minges

Thu, 29 Apr 2010 17:01:37 +0000

Sadly, Kindle is an investment that many of my students can not afford. The free app for Mac and PC seems like a doable approach, but most of my students do not have even a computer at home. Sometimes, and in some places, technology just moves slowly.