Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Kindle Public Notes
Optionally, you can go to The Saga of Beowulf book page on the Kindle site and view all public notes and highlights there. The book will also be listed under "Your Books" on your own page on the Kindle site, which you can access using your Amazon account to sign in.
The only drawback to this system is that Public Notes are limited to 100 characters, which is about two short sentences or a single moderately longish one (roughly two lines on your Kindle screen). This doesn't allow much room for in depth commentary, but can serve to initiate a conversation via Facebook, etc. Basically it's like Twitter on the Kindle (in fact, you can also link your notes to Twitter, but I haven't bothered with a Twitter account just yet).
As a side note, the Kindle edition of The Saga of Beowulf has now been upgraded to include actual page numbers, so you can see where you are relative to the 600-page print edition. You may have to delete your current version of the book and reload the upgraded one from your archive folder, but this doesn't cost you anything. The page numbers are accurate with respect to the 6x9 softcover.