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How do you read your book ?

 
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I am just curious to know how do the people read books to take maximum advantage from it, here when I say books I am excluding story book or novel etc, I am specially intented to know about kinda educational books.

For instance , I use two color of markers green & orange to mark the improtant lines, or key topics which help me in future when I re-open my book.

Some people may underline the topics with pencil, or some people make notes


What do you do ?

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For programming books or chess books, I take notes and practice.
But I don't like writing things in the book.
 
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Originally posted by Satou kurinosuke:
But I don't like writing things in the book.


Yeah, like to maintain the books as new..
 
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Originally posted by Raghav Sam:

Yeah, like to maintain the books as new..



even I used to makes notes and keep the books as new , but to prove a fact a line of Book is more powerful then a line of your notes.

and Number of times I had to spent lot of time to find a particular line in book, hence I started using markers

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Originally posted by Satou kurinosuke:
But I don't like writing things in the book.

Absolutely. Books are kind of.... not sacred, but something like that. When I see someone bending the spine of a book it makes me shudder. Books should be taken care of. In a way they are the ultimate expression of human intelligence - our way of transmitting our ideas between each other. Long after the CDs have crumbled, tape has shrivelled up and hard disks have crunched, books will still be storing information for future consumption.

As I don't like to draw in books, I tend to just stick in random bits of paper as bookmarks for important bits. Its not a very professional looking method though - I tend to be a bit distracted when reading, so I just reach out and tear up the nearest bit of paper to make a book mark. This means that I end up with books with bits of receipts, bus tickets, envelopes etc sticking out of them.
 
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For Programming books I always take notes. I also mark important notes given in book.

 
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I used to underline the topic which i need to remember or i feel is important.Also i have the habit of writing short notes on the pages.

[This is applied to only programming books .I never take a pen or pencil while reading novel or magazines]
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It depends, but my usual approach is to highlight (very neatly, using a BIC brite liner). I've found that the process of highlighting helps me absorb the material, because I analyze for key points as I read. In other words, I use highlighting as more of a concentration technique rather than marking for future reference.
 
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Originally posted by Dave Lenton:
Absolutely. Books are kind of.... not sacred, but something like that.


I used to be like that. However once I started to take certifications, all of a sudden all books were not created equal - so I caved and started marking up the certification guides when I was studying (especially when I was entering errata); references I leave alone, taking separate notes to reinforce the learning process (I never marked up my textbooks in university). Then there are those books that I know that are going to be woefully out-of-date and due for replacement in one or two years anyway - I may not treat them too kindly either. A book or two may have flown across the room because I became absolutely incensed over the author's statements or propagation of absolute BS (at least in my humble opinion) - though that's usually a "last straw" reaction - relocation to the "Good Will" pile is a more sensible behavior. So now my attitude towards the book will often reflect my respect of the contents and/or author. However some books will inadvertently acquire a "well-used" aura despite my respect for them as they are too darn useful, resulting in a lot of handling (and traveling).

Originally posted by Dave Lenton:
I tend to just stick in random bits of paper as bookmarks for important bits.


Well, I started to stuff one or two index cards in my books. They are useful as:
  • A book mark.
  • A place to record page numbers and notes about interesting (possibly quotable) passages.
  • A place to note which chapters I have already read as I tend to read more than one book at a time and I may simply sample the interesting bits, not necessarily in sequential order.

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    sticky notes it is.
    and old business cards (I've hundreds from past jobs) as page markers.

    books are sacred, you don't mutilate them by writing in them or making dogears.
     
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    Originally posted by Peer Reynders:
    A book or two may have flown across the room because I became absolutely incensed over the author's statements or propagation of absolute BS

    I've also felt pretty angry at books on occasion, although it manifests itself as a muttering gibber while waving my hands around, rather then throwing. I recently read a book on politics which said quite a few things I completely disagreed with, and I spent a lot of time upset while reading the book. It may sound odd, but I knew new that the author had a different view to me when I purchased the book! Its not so strange though - sometimes its good to read things you disagree with because it shows you the other side of the argument. This can help clarify why you don't agree, and why you think the correct view is the right one.

    Throwing your book must have been quite satisfying . Despite this, I don't think I could bring myself to do it. Musical instruments are the same. I really don't like it when I see musicians break them on stage, which is strange because I am not very musical at all, and would struggle to play the triangle. Maybe its something to do with the destruction of art, or damage to something lovingly made, I don't know really.
     
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