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Although annotating may have lost some of its popularity amongst readers today it has not lost any of its value Annotating when done correctly can be one of the most beneficial tools you can use while reading Not only does it help you understand what you are reading but it opens up your mind letting ideas flow and the words come to life Annotating makes you dig deeper into your literary soul and ask questions you didnt know you had the answers to So does it matter if youre reading a book and scribbling in the margin of every page or reading your favorite novel on your Kindle e-reader and using the built in note taking tool Of course not The fact that we have more technology in todays world than in the 1940s has no relevance on the usefulness of annotating Either way you are actively reading and engaging your mind which is the whole point of annotating To make yourself think There are many ways to read a piece of literature in todays modern society You can crack open a book read a novel on your e-reader or tablet or even read your favorite authors on your computer Just as there are many ways to read books there are just as many ways to actively read books Mortimer Adler says that you are actively reading if you are thinking about what you are reading as you are reading it He then goes on to explain that annotating in its simplest form is active reading Sure after you finish reading a book you may be able to answer some questions about the story but if you didnt actively read it you wont have felt what the author felt saw what he saw listened to his words the way they were meant to be heard A quick google search for free annotation tools reveals a plethora of online annotation websites that you can
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