Saturday, October 16, 2010

Call it "Wiki-italicization" - That Annoying Kindle Highlight Feature "What to make ... of  ... italics added right in books, postpublication, by readers, in a kind of wiki-italicization project? These are the so-called 'popular highlights' that now show up in Kindle e-books. Marked by a dotted underscore that indicates that other Kindle users have found the passages significant, popular highlights constitute crowd-sourced literary criticism. Readers, on the spot and yet collaboratively, make meaning of what they’re reading. The effect is odd — even for those of us who see literature as something readers determine incrementally and collectively."