How can I make it easier to record notes when reading books?
I read a lot of books. I am looking for a software which will allow me to download the book's chapter names...this will allow me to record my notes to my smart phone and then upload to the software for keeping track of my notes. I am assuming that the ISBN would be used. However, I am not sure what data is contained on the ISBN code.
I do a lot of nonfiction and business reading and usually take notes in a Moleskin notebook but it ends up getting mixed in with other notes and topics. Recently I've downloaded books on my Kindle app on the iPad and it makes huge difference. You can't take notes but you can highlight passages and bookmark pages. The best part of the highlights and bookmarks is that is creates a notebook with all the marked passages to review and it can create flashcards.
After re-reading your post, I seem to think you are doing voice recording, but Kindle has made it easier to note important info for me.
I do quite a bit of research for my teaching and I have found the application Evernote to be indispensable. I have Evernote on all my computers and devices so it is always with me. For the most part I do my research at my desk with my keyboard in front of me and I jot down notes, thoughts, and quotes all the time. I cut and paste from both iBooks and Kindle as well as from the web, and I use voice to text frequently. Then, if I'm on my laptop, iPad or iPhone all my notes are there for me. It is not exactly the same scenario as what you are asking about, but I think it comes pretty close. Since Evernote syncs across all of your devices you don't need to do things such as sending email messages to yourself. You just create a new note, use voice to text or even take a picture and then auto-magically it's everywhere you need it.
Since you mentioned Macs, here is a great trick: When you want to dictate simply double tap the function key and start talking. That is how I am creating this response right now. You may have to configure it first, if so, go here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203085
The best way to record notes is not to involve a computer. Keep a diary on your computer with day to day updates on your books. Use keywords like hashtags so you can search n cross search your whole diary about what u read.
you may want to look into something like this
Well first, the ISBN is a pretty random number that simply matches against a specific edition of a specific book. That won't help.
I'm an author and I am not aware of any database of book chapters... aside from the Kindle system. On a Kindle, you can write notes against a sentence and store them in the cloud on Amazon's systems. I don't know much more about it than that, though, because I', a paper book sort of guy.
I am also a compulsive note taker. I combine three methods:
1. for small simple notes, I write in the margins of all but the nicest quality books. A book is a utility and is made precious by its use and its marginalia.
2. For longer notes and really nice books, I use post-it notes. In a good book (like 'Thinking: Fast and Slow'), you'll find a whole pad or more of notes.
3. When I want to learn about the topic (as opposed to add to my current knowledge), nothing beats a notebook. Pen, paper, words and images.
It is the act of making the notes that matters for memory, but the convenience of finding them that matters for long-term utility. A lot of people I know are finding and loving iPad note-taking apps. Everyone has a different favourite.
I am not aware that the app you describe exists... yet. Maybe there wold be a market.
By far, the easiest way is with the dictation software built into the iPhone. I use it A LOT. Here's what you do. You compose an email to yourself and then start reading. When you want to "take a note" you tap on the microphone icon and dictate your note. At the end you can say "new paragraph" and it will insert a carriage return. When you are done with that session, you just send the email to yourself. The software transcribes your audio note into a written email that you can then put anywhere you want. I use OneNote and cut and paste my transcribed notes. I can then organize and search for them.
I am an iPhone user, I am sure other phones have similar features but I don't know about them.