>Reading a book should be a conversation between you and the author. Presumably he knows more about the subject than you do; if not, you probably should not be bothering with his book. **But understanding is a two-way operation;** the learner has to question himself and question the teacher, once he understands what the teacher is saying.

>**Marking a book is literally an expression of your differences or your agreements with the author.** It is the highest respect you can pay him.

— Mortimer Adler, *[How to Read a Book](*. via [Brainpicker](

Caterina Fake’s [copy of Ulysses]((, which inspired the founding of the reading & annotation community [Readmill]( by Henrik Berggren. [CC BY NC SA 2.0](

Marginalia in *[Merckwürdige Nachricht aus Ost-Indien, Reise- und Missionsbericht](* by Heinrich Milde (1676-1739). Public domain via [Wikimedia Commons](

*Julius Caesar* marked up by students and teachers [using co-ment](

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