What do you think that signing your initials at the end of the chapters accomplished?

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Re: What do you think that signing your initials at the end of the chapters accomplished?

Post by Charlotte_Shi » 17 Nov 2018, 21:10

HollandBlue wrote:
17 Nov 2018, 15:55
Charlotte_Shi wrote:
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As the author explains, the act of signing ensures that the readers would hold themselves ‘accountable in the future court of life’. Probably not a very practical one, this idea is actually excellent, as it differentiates the book from other similar ones.
Good point, I had forgotten that statement and it really is true.
Thank you, I was actually intrigued by your post. To my way of thinking, the signing could be something that distinguishes this book from other similar ones. The competition is intense in the author/publishers/booksellers market. It is all about great writing, of course, but having some distinctive features within a book could certainly be helpful (we are already witnessing the increasing importance of a book cover and title).

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Post by kemp1kor » 18 Nov 2018, 19:39

I was of the opinion that thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter would be more helpful. Since I read the in ebook format, there was no way to actually sign my initials, and I don’t feel that doing so would have helped me in any way.

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Post by joshfee77 » 19 Nov 2018, 12:42

Yeah, I think initialling the end of each chapter gives a real sense of accountability and engagement. It definitely made me feel like the book was work I was actively engaged in completing, rather than just another self-help book to be read and then forgotten.

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Post by HollandBlue » 19 Nov 2018, 21:36

kemp1kor wrote:
18 Nov 2018, 19:39
I was of the opinion that thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter would be more helpful. Since I read the in ebook format, there was no way to actually sign my initials, and I don’t feel that doing so would have helped me in any way.
That's a really good idea, to have review questions and thought-provoking questions.
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Post by HollandBlue » 19 Nov 2018, 21:38

joshfee77 wrote:
19 Nov 2018, 12:42
Yeah, I think initialling the end of each chapter gives a real sense of accountability and engagement. It definitely made me feel like the book was work I was actively engaged in completing, rather than just another self-help book to be read and then forgotten.
It does make you feel more engaged in the book.
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Post by Lmahle » 20 Nov 2018, 13:10

It seems that society is moving towards electronic readers which makes initialing a book a bit more difficult! I honestly felt like it dated the book by asking people to initial it.

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Post by jhalwix » 20 Nov 2018, 16:01

If I had a physical copy I might have signed my name, because it helps keep the reader accountable to themselves and in theory to the advice given.
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Post by Ksharmilla » 22 Nov 2018, 13:36

By signing your initials, it's an acknowledgement. Yes, I read this chapter and understood it and I am now ready to apply what I have learned.
Perhaps go a step further and date the initials and if you read it again at a later point initial and date again. Perhaps each time you will learn something new.
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Post by sharon8910 » 24 Nov 2018, 17:27

I don't mind signing my initials in any book, I used to do it back in high school days, just no idea I can do that in my app hehe...

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Post by Monie_raey » 26 Nov 2018, 04:11

cpru68 wrote:
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I think there is the actual signing of it where the eye and the hand coordinate to get it on paper that can be significant, but also there is a vow that is being made that impacts the spirit and the mental part of us that solidifies our commitment to what we have read and that we will implement it. It’s a contract between ourselves and ourselves and for me, that has great meaning to motivate me.
That's an interesting way to look at it.

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Post by Vitter Krane » 26 Nov 2018, 06:57

That sounded more of an oath taking ceremony. I believe it was a show of allegiance to the book's teaching and guidance and consequently an obligation to live by them.

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Post by HollandBlue » 26 Nov 2018, 12:29

Thanks for commenting everyone, you've all brought up very good points!
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Post by Lmahle » 26 Nov 2018, 23:07

Charlotte_Shi wrote:
17 Nov 2018, 21:10
HollandBlue wrote:
17 Nov 2018, 15:55
Charlotte_Shi wrote:
16 Nov 2018, 20:14
As the author explains, the act of signing ensures that the readers would hold themselves ‘accountable in the future court of life’. Probably not a very practical one, this idea is actually excellent, as it differentiates the book from other similar ones.
Good point, I had forgotten that statement and it really is true.
Thank you, I was actually intrigued by your post. To my way of thinking, the signing could be something that distinguishes this book from other similar ones. The competition is intense in the author/publishers/booksellers market. It is all about great writing, of course, but having some distinctive features within a book could certainly be helpful (we are already witnessing the increasing importance of a book cover and title).
Yeah but is having the reader initial the end of each chapter really going to make anyone stand out?

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Post by HollandBlue » 27 Nov 2018, 06:48

Lmahle wrote:
26 Nov 2018, 23:07
Charlotte_Shi wrote:
17 Nov 2018, 21:10
HollandBlue wrote:
17 Nov 2018, 15:55

Good point, I had forgotten that statement and it really is true.
Thank you, I was actually intrigued by your post. To my way of thinking, the signing could be something that distinguishes this book from other similar ones. The competition is intense in the author/publishers/booksellers market. It is all about great writing, of course, but having some distinctive features within a book could certainly be helpful (we are already witnessing the increasing importance of a book cover and title).
Yeah but is having the reader initial the end of each chapter really going to make anyone stand out?
Signing your initials probably won't make the book stand out, but it is an unique idea for the author to get his points contemplated.
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Post by Charlotte_Shi » 27 Nov 2018, 19:14

HollandBlue wrote:
27 Nov 2018, 06:48
Lmahle wrote:
26 Nov 2018, 23:07
Charlotte_Shi wrote:
17 Nov 2018, 21:10


Thank you, I was actually intrigued by your post. To my way of thinking, the signing could be something that distinguishes this book from other similar ones. The competition is intense in the author/publishers/booksellers market. It is all about great writing, of course, but having some distinctive features within a book could certainly be helpful (we are already witnessing the increasing importance of a book cover and title).
Yeah but is having the reader initial the end of each chapter really going to make anyone stand out?
Signing your initials probably won't make the book stand out, but it is an unique idea for the author to get his points contemplated.
Well, it does make the book different from other similar ones…

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