POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
Pete Wells pens a great piece in the Times Magazine reflecting on collecting, indexing, the material and immaterial. The article reminded me of the most notable visual search difference between print (novels in particular) and text based material on the web: shape and form. In print, you may not remember the exact page of a passage you’re looking for but its rough contour and physical placement. Memory on the internet works a lot differently; mostly I remember effective search terms and the urls of bookmarking devices I use. The language of an object is completely irrelevant to textual search. By choice, I read almost everything digitally now, but every once and a while I do miss that.