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Ebooks as Textbooks Part 7 - Bookmarking

With digital text the bookmark changes too. No longer is it the placeholder for where you stopped reading - they system will remember where you stopped and if you sync options are on, it should remember where you stopped reading that text on all your devices. Instead the bookmark is more like a flag - marking places in the text where you find something interesting that you might want to come back to. The bookmark will add a symbol or dog ear the page. This way when you are reviewing your chapter, you will know when you come to a page that you found important before and that you wanted to review or seek assistance for.

One good way to use a bookmark is for something that can't be otherwise highlighted or noted, like an image. So for example you might find a good formula that is important, but in the text it is shown as an image. Here in the image above for example is the Combined Gas Law formula, but in the text it is an image, so it can't be highlighted by itself (although you can highlight from before to after to have it included), nor can you use it as the focus for a note. Instead you can bookmark the page to come back to it, knowing you have added it as an important page. One possible issue though when using bookmarks is about text size. If you change the displayed font size the page content will change. The page capture above and below use the same book mark, but notice that the picture below doesn't actually contain the combined gas law formula image that is in the one above.

You could also use bookmarking for other books that you are reading for school, such as novels or plays, where there is important information about those pages that you wanted to come back to or discuss with others, but didn't want to take the time right now to highlight or add notes, interrupting your reading flow.  To avoid the interruption you could bookmark the pages (flagging them) to come back to them later or when you are in your discussion group.  For example you could be reading a section of a book or play and think that this page could have good content for foreshadowing or setting, but there may be something better later. So you bookmark the page and continue reading, then when you get to the end of the chapter or section, you would go back over your bookmarks deciding on which to keep and then adding annotations to the text by highlighting portions or selecting elements to add notes to about what you were looking for.


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