Few weeks ago, in another post, there was a discussion about the difference between paper books and electronic books . I think many agreed that the physical layout of the page helps to recall the content: position in the page, visible page number, header, colour of the page, marks in the paper (pencil, coffee ), etc.,
Recently I have been studying a long book that I have in digital format. I made a pdf of the book with header, page number and big margins, especially at one side, so I can annotate. I can do it easily in a tablet, but not in the kindle. I love the kindle to read because it is more gentle to the eyes and because it allows me to enter faster in deep reading mode, but for this book I am using a tablet because I can easily zoom in an out and write things and draw in colours, etc.
I suppose this helps memorization. I remember pages that I read long time ago in paper (the position of a text in a page), but I do not remember one single “page” from the kindle, even if I have read thousands of pages on it.
In another post I described how I am using emoticons to aid memorization, and it seems it works for me, as I am doing in this post (although I dislike excessive use of emoticons in messages).
The problem comes when the ebook is not open, but locked (for instance when is bought in Amazon) and so it cannot be converted into a pdf, cannot draw on it, or use other means to transform it into a more memorable medium.
I would like to ask what is your experience in this area, and what means do we have to make reading digital books a more memorable experience. Technology is improving, so sooner it will be easier to replicate the experience (excepting the odour perhaps.)
It is not so much to make the content book more didactic, as someone mentioned: bullets, graphs, etc., but as to make the medium more memorable.
[I hope this topic does not overlap with another one.]