Making Notes for myself
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Hi - LT Newb here. I want to be able to make notes for my books - pull out meaningful quotes, capture the gist of sections, note author- or context-specific definitions of terms, etc.
This is a lot more than 'tags'. It's certainly not a review, because it's for myself, not for someone else.
I don't know where to capture these broader notes. Any suggestions/help would be appreciated.
There are two fields: "Comments" and "Private Comments". You can access them as columns in "Your Books", or by clicking on the title of one of your books, then going to the edit page.
edit: Oh, yes, and welcome to LibraryThing!
Sylvia gave you the answer you're probably looking for.
I, however, keep a reading journal (Word docs) where I'll make notes and eventually create a book review. The review then gets posted in the Review section for the work on LT.
Generally I agree with the rest but there is also the CK field "Quotations" which you can use for short meaningful quotes from the book.
It is not personal to you, but shared with everyone else. This does mean that someone might delete it (it is stored in a history so you can always get it back to put in your notes) but this is very unlikely if it meets the usual expectations of quotations.
Ah ha! Thank you SylviaC, et. al. I had added comments as a test for one book, but since I didn't see them in "My Books" or the Book summary page, it felt like an information black hole. I didn't think to try changing the view of My Books.
And andyl, thanks for the recommendation RE the Quotations field. I think it depends on the book, but mostly I'd be pulling out quotes that meant something to me and my particular situation rather than of general use, but if I happen to do the latter some time, I'll definitely use the Quotations field.
Again thanks for the help and the warm welcome to LT!
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