Book Darts

I think the idea of reading books on an e-reader is more attractive than actually reading books on my Kindle. I like the idea of highlighting passages and being able to search for words or phrases easily. But how often have I gone back to something I highlighted or performed a search? Almost never.

I've also tried audiobooks. I prefer memoirs ready by the author. Non-fiction can be a bit tough to trudge through in an audiobook, and who has time for fiction??

In the end, I still like an old-fashioned, cut-down-the-rain-forests-to-make book. I don't make it a habit of highlighting or writing in books (except textbooks). I like the idea of keeping books pristine. At the same time, unless I write notes elsewhere, I end up losing track of interesting content that I read.

Enter a solution, which I didn't know I needed until I saw it--Book darts. These are small, thin pieces of metal designed to slide over the end of a page to mark a specific line or passage. They slide off and on easily and will not mark or damage the pages in any way. What a great idea! I got all fired up to crack open Atomic Habits and start from the beginning. As soon as I see a sentence or passage worthy of a book dart, I gleefully grab one from the tin and apply it in ritualistic fashion. It's the little things.

I'm also into the old fashioned rainforest books. I also don't highlight or write in books. 

But with book darts... it seems like they're just meant to mark a spot in the book? 

One thing I've noticed incredibly useful with reading is writing notes while reading. So like I might read one chapter and I will write my own snippet -- doesn't even have to be a summary can just be reflections -- spurred by it. 

When I do this with books I notice I remember way more. 
2021-04-14 16:54:57
Yes, book darts are just fancy post-it notes without the ability to write on them. My version of writing notes while reading a book is to write posts about them. 
2021-04-14 16:58:28
Same here except for the fact that I don't write posts. I write notes into things like Roam Research (private).

But since I haven't been using Roam lately I might dogfood myself by having a 'digital book darts' feature on here that allows you to write notes.
2021-04-14 16:59:35
I like the idea of digital book darts. The highest level would be the book and then anyone could add their own darts. Would it be the page # and then the direct quote and any personal insights?
2021-04-14 17:09:01
Yeah will need your input on this since you would proably be an actual user of it lol.

 I think good way to start would be book + page#. And then leave it open ended after that.

2021-04-14 17:13:58
I'm game. Let's start with Atomic Habits. I've already got some darts ready to go.
2021-04-14 17:21:02
sweet i'll have something tangible either next week or the week after. Can you keep the bookdarts in a makeshift way within a 'draft' or any other notetaking tool you use in the meantime?
2021-04-14 17:43:50
Interesting product. I used to be a physical book fan as well until some years back when I discovered audiobooks. In 2019 and 2020, I was able to create top 10 takeaway summaries of books I was listening to. That process helped me get the most out of the books.
2021-04-25 14:19:03