Friday, January 26, 2007

Underlining fiends

One of the most annoying things that can happen is buying a book second hand and then finding out that it is full of underlining and highlighting. This happened with Petersburg, which I read earlier this week. However hard you try inevitably your eye is drawn to those parts of the book and you end up giving them more weight than they perhaps deserve. I was always told that writing in books was a heinous crime and one particular teacher at school said those who did should never be allowed to borrow books from a library. Not sure I would go that far but certainly if you have underlined a book to death you shouldn’t then sell it on.

2 comments:

Stephen said...

I always check for underlining and notes in the margins before I buy because I've been caught out so many times in the past. I agree it can be very distracting, especially when they appear to have highlighted something totally insignificant!

simon quicke said...

Good advice Stephen I will be checking from now on.