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11 June 2011
Reviewing Kindle books
What they have in common is that they are all books that on my Kindle.
I am toying with the vague feeling that reading them on my Kindle affects the style of review I am able to write.
For example, checking up on some detail is not as easy on the Kindle as with a made-from-paper book where you can quickly flip over pages to locate some words you remember as being on "top left".
I described some of my techniques in an earlier post.
I try to compensate by making annotations and marking text on the e-book as I go and then by checking these after I've finished reading. But that really depends on whether I've marked the text in the first place. I have finished reading some books and found I have not marked or annotated anything.
Of course you can search the e-text itself for particular references but that is a rather slow method as the Kindle will throw up all bits of text containing that search term. When there are 100s, this not particularly useful.
While I was travelling I got into the habit of writing a draft review in a notebook immediately after completing the book. I hope that helps.
If you are also reviewing books you've read in e-book format, you might like to leave a comment about how you feel these reviews compare with reviews you've written of books in other formats. Are they skimpier? Is the format influencing your style of review?