A few months ago, I came across an article that mentioned this Amazon site, where you can see the most highlighted passages, or books, of all time in the Kindle store. I was reluctantly fascinated by this, because I’m not generally a reader who highlights, especially in fiction. I’m much more likely to do it in non-fiction, so I remember key takeaways. I also turn off the feature that shows you what people have highlighted in the book you’re reading, when you read on a Kindle or Kindle app. Seeing the random underlines has always driven me a bit batty and interrupted the reading experience. Still, I know a lot of readers do highlight, and not just in their digital books, but in print copies as well. I can honestly say the only print books I’ve ever highlighted, or wrote in, were school textbooks. Even nonfiction books I read for pleasure, I didn’t highlight in print copies, but would instead take notes in a journal for later reference.
The whole notion of highlighting in fiction books makes me curious, why do people do it? I know some readers highlight passages they want to mention in the book review. Or maybe a line is one they think is particularly worth sharing? But there must be other reasons for highlighting fiction, and I’m curious to hear them.
You tell us: do you highlight your fiction books? Why (or why not?)
(as an aside, in addition to seeing popular highlights, you can also search for specific books and see what’s being highlighted in them, at the Amazon site.)