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Do You Read the Notes In Nonfiction Books?

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Do You Read the Notes In Nonfiction Books?

Postby SonjaMarie » Mon September 8th, 2008, 2:17 am

Does anyone else read the notes? I don't mean every single one, but the ones that actually impart more information?

I usually have two bookmarks in books that have a notes section, one for the regular section and another for the notes section so I don't have to hunt for where I'll have to look for the notes for a particular chapter. I also try remember the next note number that actually has information so I can turn there and read it in the right spot.

Anyone else?

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Postby boswellbaxter » Mon September 8th, 2008, 2:25 am

I do as I'm reading, if I'm interested in the source for something. Sometimes I might glance at the notes after I'm done also.
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Postby SonjaMarie » Mon September 8th, 2008, 2:28 am

The problem with reading after you're done is that if you're like me I won't remember what the notes are in relation to in the book.

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Postby pat » Mon September 8th, 2008, 3:50 am

If I feel I need the note I look, for example if the passage will not make sense to me the key may be in the note!
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Postby Tanzanite » Mon September 8th, 2008, 3:53 am

I do sometimes, especially if the book is about a person or time period I am not that familiar with. The notes sometimes explain a lot!

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Postby diamondlil » Mon September 8th, 2008, 9:11 am

I do...I figure they are there for a reason!
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Postby EC2 » Mon September 8th, 2008, 3:37 pm

I much prefer foot notes. If they are end notes I will read them if I'm particularly interested in the piece in the main discussion. I can usually make an educated guess whether it's going to be relevant or a wild goose chase.
The worst is when you get a note number, look it up, and all it says is 'ibid'. Great!
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Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon September 8th, 2008, 4:10 pm

I vote for footnotes too. And for the record, what the heck does 'ibid' mean? I always assumed it meant 'just like in the last case' or some such, but I must confess that I could not define it if asked.
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Postby SonjaMarie » Mon September 8th, 2008, 4:31 pm

Close, just means it came from the same source.

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Postby EC2 » Mon September 8th, 2008, 4:41 pm

"SonjaMarie" wrote:Close, just means it came from the same source.

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It's really annoying when you fumble your way to the back just to read that. I don't mind if you get an informative or juicy extra bit of information but when it's an 'ibid' - grrrrr!!
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