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   Re: [xml-dev] Re: xml, books

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"Thomas B. Passin" <tpassin@comcast.net> writes:

> For starters, I like books
> and think that a good book has some kind of inherent worth - or at
> least it should be so regarded.


> For me, the best of both worlds would be that I could test drive books
> on line, buy paper copies of the best ones for a reasonable price, be
> able to mark up and bookmark books on line somewhat like I can do with
> paper ones

Interesting. I'm usually reluctant to "mark up" paper books -- maybe
it's part of my understanding of their inherent worth. Physical
bookmarks have an important transient quality - I can move a bookmark,
or remove it completely as my use of a book changes. A good book is
one I can keep for a long time and use different "views" of it over
time. Remarks on the margin, especially in ink, perpetuate my current
view of the book.

I prefer HTML books to PDF because I can keep a private, transient
index into them. If I need to, I can "bookmark" a specific
chapter. But more often I find "recently visited links"[1] feature in
my browser quite sufficient here, precisely because of its transient


[1] Both the color change in links and URL autocompletion if I type
one in.
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