Recall that this essay was written almost a decade ago at a time (he mentions later) before Amazon had annotation functionality on the Kindle. This context is crucial.

This aside, the user interface for these things still isn’t great, especially for e-books.


It’s like eating candy through a wrapper.”

I disagree with this comment. I would assume that there would be a third variable at play: John’s technological abilities. If someone struggles or is less savvy with technology, its going to be more stressful and difficult for them than someone who has a good understanding of technology. iBooks have the ability to share highlights/annotations via social networks and emails. Putting your annotations somewhere instantly so that other people can see them, like, seems pretty effective. —ismith Aug 30, 2020 1


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