I came across a fellow WordPress blogger who’s writing about her favourite apps for readers and book lovers. I thought I’d pass on the link for anybody who’s tech-savvy and literary-minded. Most of the apps offer some variation on tracking what you have read in the past and intend to read in the future.
Here’s how I keep track of which books I mean to read: I have a spiral-bound notebook. I put alphabet stickers on the pages. Then, when I find a book I want to read, I write it down on the appropriate page. (Personally, I prefer to organize by title.) When I finally get around to reading the book, I cross it off by drawing a line through it. It’s low-tech, but until I have an iPad or an iPhone or some similar bit of nifty technology that I carry around with me all the time, I’m content with the paper-and-pen system.
And who knows? Maybe even with an iPad in hand, I’d still prefer to jot notes down on paper. There’s something about handwriting as a tactile experience. No piece of technology comes close.
Incidentally, I actually have two ways of tracking what I’ve finished reading. I keep a book journal on paper, which I write in after I finish a reading project. But also, I try to comment on every book I read in this very blog! It’s not as complete as the book journal – sometimes I fall behind. For instance, I haven’t written about the last few books I read because I was under the weather as I read them. But with luck I’ll be able to catch up! That gives me a way to remember what I’ve been reading, and the high-tech delivery medium makes it something I can share with my friends.
Not that I’ll be giving up my low-tech book journal any time soon.