I mostly read only ebooks since a few years now.
A lot of good non-fiction books usually mention a few more good books that the authors found relevant. However, even if you highlight them as you read, it is tough to find the names later on. Especially if you didn’t make a note of them. You’d have to go through the book or highlights to find those names again. Before you forget.
What if authors did one of the following:
- Used a common phrase each time they referred to or recommended a book in their book. Something like ‘XYZ, a book written by ABC’
- Or separately list out the books at the end of the book
The latter would help both physical books and ebooks. The first would help search for the specific phrase (“a book written by”) in the ebook, thus turning up results of all the books mentioned in it
Now all that needs to be done is suggest this to authors, and to remember it myself if I ever get to writing another book.
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