A book is like a garden
carried in the pocket.
It’s amazing what you can carry in your pocket — or your backpack. If you had told the Ancient Greeks that you could carry the Library of Alexandria with you — it would not have been the library that got burned.
Personally, I love the idea of carrying whole bookshelves with me. However, I also find it confusing and paralyzing to have mix:
- literature that I want to have available
- literature that I want to read
- literature that I have read and want to cite
- literature notes that I want to use in articles of my own
So I use a different App for each of the steps. It works on my MacBook and my iPad, not so much on my iPhone (given that No. 4 requires Circus Ponies Notebook, whose app only runs on Macs and iPads, not on iPhones). Still, it works fine for the most part, and it looks kinda nice on my iPad:
The apps take care of:
- literature that I want to have available — synced with DEVONthink (To Go), see DEVONthink To Go — A Second Look and DEVONthink To Go – Advantages and Risks.
- literature that I want to read — using GoodReader, a very useful PDF reader (under iOS7 still with a very annoying bug)
- literature that I have read and want to cite — using Papers, works on Mac and iPad/iPhone, still using version 2.0 as version 3.0 seems to buggy
- literature notes that I want to use in articles of my own — using Circus Ponies Notebook (topic notebooks, created on Mac and copied via the iTunes interface to the iPad version of Circus Ponies Notebook).
Like written, it works quite nicely … and it’s incredible what is possible today. Digital reading rocks. 🙂