I’ve been on a new PocketMod kick in the last few days. (If you haven’t heard of PocketMod, you can check out the original site, which is getting a new lease on life via Kickstarter, at http://pocketmod.com, or of course just do searches.)
What got me back on that was thinking about bookmarks. I read a lot. I started thinking about how to improve the standard bookmark to facilitate note taking. After fishing around – – there are some interesting ideas out there — I had the idea of creating a PocketMod for that purpose.
The idea is to create a PocketMod for every book I read. My thought was to use them for a variety of purposes. I re-read a lot, too, and I thought it might be useful to include on the pocketmod a way to record when I read the book – a la Goodreads, but a little more personal.
My original motivation was as a replacement for keeping track of memorable info and quotes in, say, the cover of the book. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I also like sharing books occasionally – unless it is one I foresee re-reading. So I wanted a way to keep that sort of info without necessarily marking up any given book.
I came up with the following. The jury’s still out on whether it is a good idea. I am trying it out on a couple of books I’m reading right now. I thought I’d go ahead and share what I have. If anyone has done or knows of anyone who has done something similar, I am interested in seeing it.
My layout has a page for the title, author and reading record, then pages for stuff to research further, and pages for stuff just worth remembering (quotes, etc.). The “research” and “remember” pages are just simple two-column tables. The first is a narrow column for the page number.
Pretty basic. Enjoy!