Paul Loesch
Jan 17 · 2 min read

Reading print editions of books lets me mark passages (when it is a book I own), write in the margins, turn down corners and put flags on sections I like. I have tried on Nook and Kindle to highlight, bookmark and write notes on various things that strike me in a book, but I rarely return to those. In the case of printed books, however, I re-read everything I’ve marked before I list the book in my goodreads account. I also feel like I’ve accomplished more when I am able to physically see the amount of a book I’ve read and the amount I still have to read.

As a visual learner myself, these are all important to me. But I also simply can’t get enough of reading in general, so the Nook and Kindle help. Why stand in line somewhere, bored, when I could be reading?

Audio books have to be well narrated for me to really get into them and I rarely even attempt them because I am such a visual learner. Also, I like listening to classical music when I read and with audio books, I can’t do both.

I am glad you refer to the ebook and audio offerings of the library. These are awesome! And the fact that your local library is probably a part of a larger library system means your local branch can request books it does not shelve itself. My ibrary is my second best friend (I adore my wife as my “bestest best friend”). I can’t write in the print editions as I can in my personal books, but I can still flag pages.

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