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Using hypothes.is to annotate print books

Posted: Feb 18, 2016 18:02;
Last Modified: Feb 18, 2016 18:02

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hypothes.is is a web-based annotation service that I was recently introduced to by my friend Maryann Martone. It is extremely handy for taking notes while web-browsing, and, since it annotates PDFs, I also use it for things like preparing for Faculty-Board negotations regarding the U of L contract.

Today, however, I experimented with a way of using Hypothes.is to annotate print books:

  1. locate the book in an online library catalogue, Google Books, or an online bookseller like Amazon.com or Chapters.ca
  2. write notes beginning with the page number you are commenting on/quoting from in hypothes.is

For step 1, you don’t actually need to use an official website, though there are two advantages to doing so:

  1. You can import the book into a bibliographic manager like Zotero
  2. Others will be able to find your annotations (if you make them public), because the page you’ve used will be widely available (this is why Google Books or a Library Catalogue are probably best).

As always with hypothes.is, you can force-share your annotations by adding the URL to the end of via.hypothes.is.

Here are some annotations I made today on Weller, Ann C. 2001. Editorial Peer Review: Its Strengths and Weaknesses. Information Today (tied to Google Books).

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