Bob Stein, Institute for the Future of the Book

How to Read This Text

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If you’re focussed on reading comments on paragraphs, this is more easily done by clicking the headers in the “Comments” column; each section will then open at the first comment. If you’re reading comments on an iPad, use two–finger scrolling in this column. Commentpress features live posting and updating of comments, so you don’t have to refresh the page to see what’s being said by others.

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To view the table of contents, click the ‘open book’ icon to the right of the navigation bar, which will make a table of contents appear in the right–hand column (if it isn’t already there). Each section of the book appears as a page in the table of contents; you can simply page backward and forward through the text by using the arrows above the text column in the navigation bar.

Commentpress also presents two innovative ways of reading comments on the text. By clicking on the ‘double speech bubble’ icon in the navigation bar, you can read comments–by–page; in the list of pages, ordered by number of contents, clicking on the page title will cause the comments to expand, and clicking on “Comment” in each comment’s header will allow you to see that comment in its original context. By clicking on the people icon in the navigation bar, you can read comments–by–author, with the same functionality as for comments–by–page.

The ‘thumbtack’ icon will take you to the book’s community blog; any registered user can post questions or thoughts to the blog for discussion by the broader readership.

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