This already happens in the traditional publishing space! Here’s an apt example: The Annotated Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Douglas A. Anderson Perhaps the dearth of these on the commercial market means that it’s not necessarily the most financially viable endeavor?

Discovery is also a huge issue here.


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Wouldn’t this be a great idea? Not only could you get a better understanding for a book, but this could also help increase economic profit. Would you think it would work if scholars, or really anyone, could charge a fee for their annotations? People who are really gooding at breaking down and analyzing texts could make an income from this. For example, in the Lord of the Rings, Tolkien has a ton of play on words and deep meanings of the names of the characters that would never be known by people who don’t too an in depth search. This could make books more enjoyable and richer to people than what they would have known. —ismith Aug 30, 2020 1


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