Image by ~ Phil Moore via FlickrEver read something then wonder “where did I read that?”
- If it is in the internets, you can search for it. Online digitized information is easy to find.
- But if it is trapped away from the internets in a self-contained, totally hack-proof vault known as a…..book, then good luck finding it.
Given the sheer volume of stuff to read, I have a system of harvesting knowledge or tidbits from books. Since I was asked by Blake Huggins how I did it, I thought I would share it with everyone.
- While reading a book, when I hit a poignant passage or topic, I will write on the back page the topic and a page number.
- For example, while reading Seth Godin‘s Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, I wrote “Storytelling (15)” to remind me that a good note on storytelling is on page 15.
- Continuing the example, while reading I added page 138 to the topic when it was relevant, so it became “Storytelling (15) (138)”
- Here’s the compiled entry under STORYTELLING
- “Marketing is the act of telling stories about the things we make” (15)
- “[Leaders] give people stories they can tell themselves” (138)
- Here’s my online digital notes of Tribes, grouped by category. Yes, you will see this again as a blog series in February.
So, there’s my system. I can digitize great books and be able to find them again anywhere in the world. Anyone else have a system they want to share?
PS: Blake, your blog now comes up as an automatic link in Zemanta AND your twitter icon shows up in the images. How cool are you…and how creepy is that?