Golden Notebook Update: Even More Marginalia 12.08.2008, 12:51 PM
posted by kirsten reach
A screen is an extremely limited amount of space. We knew when we started The Golden Notebook Project that we could only fit about seven readers comfortably within the margins of the book. However, we are not interested solely in these seven (wonderful) readers; we want the public to contribute to the discussion. A program called ReframeIt allows you to annotate any page on the web, and we'd like to try it for the Project. ReframeIt displays tiny colored boxes in the sidebar that expand into full comments - this isn't especially pretty, but it allows for many more comments in a single sidebar than you would have if you displayed every comment in its entirety, making room for many more comments than before. The program also allows you to highlight (as shown above) and allows for all sorts of social networking. We're excited to try this for The Golden Notebook so that the original text, the seven readers' comments, and public comments can be in one space (rather than dividing the readers' comments and the public forums into separate pages). We would like to invite you to join and follow along in the margins with us. You can download the Firefox extension here.