Marking Books as Read?

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David R. Bess | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Dec 20 2013 6:46 AM

Is there a way in Logos 5 to mark books as having been read?  Perhaps attaching some kind of note to the book description, or some other way to know that I've been through them?  Being able to designate a date as to when they were read would be especially useful.

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Sarel Slabbert | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 20 2013 7:26 AM

I would love a way to do this!

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 20 2013 7:34 AM

David R. Bess:

Is there a way in Logos 5 to mark books as having been read?  Perhaps attaching some kind of note to the book description, or some other way to know that I've been through them?  Being able to designate a date as to when they were read would be especially useful.

Logos doesn't have this feature built in, but if you are creative, there are a number of ways you might tackle it. For example: You could add a "mytag" to the book. If you did that, you could quickly filter for or out all of those books. 

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Milford Charles Murray | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 20 2013 9:22 AM

Peace to you, David!             Very simple indeed!        *smile*             I use "Finished" as one of my many mytags ...

                  then, when I want to check, I go to my Library and type in: mytag:finished

and ...    I get this:

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Andy | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 20 2013 10:15 AM

In addition to Alabama's suggestion of tagging resources as read, I also use a folder within favourites to 'file' books as 'to read' and as 'read'.

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 20 2013 4:31 PM

Just to add to the conversation I use the following tags for keeping track of books:

  • BooksToRead-TopicofChoice e.g. BooksToRead-Biography
  • BooksReading
  • BooksFinished

I have found this method to work very well.

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 20 2013 4:46 PM

Like Milford, I tag books I've read as FINISHED. I use that instead of READ, because "read" is a substring of many other things and it might find books I wouldn't want it to find. To round out this tagging scheme, I also use TOREAD for books I would like to read soon, and READING for books I'm in the middle of.

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spitzerpl | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 20 2013 8:52 PM

Another option is to create a bibliography file and name it "read". The benefit with this approach is that you can add a note to the citation with your start/finished reading dates and comments on the book. You can also share the document with others so they know what you've read and you can save the report as a collection which in turns allows you to search your read books easily Or filter your library to the books you've read. 

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 20 2013 10:35 PM

Halo Hound:

Another option is to create a bibliography file and name it "read". The benefit with this approach is that you can add a note to the citation with your start/finished reading dates and comments on the book. You can also share the document with others so they know what you've read and you can save the report as a collection which in turns allows you to search your read books easily Or filter your library to the books you've read. 

That's an excellent idea! And if you've been keeping track of books you've read with a tag such as FINISHED for some time like I have, you can start out your bibliography file this way: 1) make a collection out of the books you've read (with the rule mytag:FINISHED); 2) create a new bibliography (Documents > Bibliography); 3) use the "Add...a collection" command and select your "books I've read" collection. Then to keep it up to date by adding new books as you finish them, you can open just that bibliography file and the resource you just finished and then use "Add...all open resources"

EDIT: Shorthand that will allow you to skip step #1: in step #3, you can select mytag:FINISHED as the collection, since these auto-collections always exist. You don't have to make an explicit one. I'd forgotten about that. (I always forget that!) But someone's post on another thread just reminded me of it.

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Milford Charles Murray | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 21 2013 8:01 AM

Peace to all!             *smile*

    @Halo!               Rosie!

                     Thanks for sharing such "brilliant" ideas!              Appreciated much!

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Chuck P. | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 24 2013 3:51 PM

I use Read: and a date...example, Read: 2013-12-14 in a mytag....

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doc | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 24 2013 5:21 PM

Fully understand reasoning with using finished as apposed to read but personally don't like word finished when it comes to books.  It's to final for me, a read book is one waiting for me to return to it another day, a finished book is one I am not going to get another thing out of it - but that's just my quirkiness and the beauty of having personal tags - we can adapt to what works for us.

Rosie Perera:

Like Milford, I tag books I've read as FINISHED. I use that instead of READ, because "read" is a substring of many other things and it might find books I wouldn't want it to find. To round out this tagging scheme, I also use TOREAD for books I would like to read soon, and READING for books I'm in the middle of.

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