The problem with this process didn’t become obvious until I finished and sat down to write a review.
Usually, I flip through the galley and my endnotes, looking for major points to emphasize and striking quotations to include. A simple but crude system of CAPS, arrows and underlining draws my eye to themes I thought were important. And, what’s more, I have a spatial sense of the book’s architecture in my mind.
Mike told me how to print out my notes and highlights from my online Kindle account, but that produced 10 numbing pages of tightly spaced comments tied to screen-shot numbers: e.g. “The kiss hurt as much as the pains in her throat. Read more at location 1515.”
I don’t have a good sense of where “location 1515” is . . .
And being able to search for words and phrases on the Kindle was ultimately less helpful than having a concrete memory of the story’s physical layout.