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Marginalia in the modern digital world. Is it possible?

September 28, 2023

Read a paper on the process of writing Marginalia in books, both in print and digital versions, and how the e-reader versions makes annotating books much more difficult and having a very different nature and perceived value by the readers. The paper is "Marginalia in the digital age: Are digital reading devices meeting the needs of today's readers?" by Melanie Ramdarshan Bold and Kiri L. Wagstaff. They conducted a survey and the users self-reported there views on marginalia. There are many interesting points, namely the print vs digital, the pedagogical value of marginalia, the leisure vs educational marginalia, and one of the most fascinating, the individualistic vs social aspect of writing in the margins of books.

PS: Should I re-implement a marginalia system for this blog?

Tags: books, reading