It is a common misconception that one cannot place bookmarks, make notes or annotations in e books. Of course, it will not be possible to write on the margins as one does with a real book. However, this does not mean it is impossible to study and make notes with the help of an electronic book.
For starters, there is nothing stopping the individual from maintaining a separate file, on or off the computer, containing notes relating to the book. Needless to say, making notes on the computer will be an easier and more comfortable. One just needs to make a folder that will contain the e book and all related notes. One can also use this folder to store stuff related to the subject matter found on the net or in other books. It is easy to do all of this with productivity open source software like open office.
Further, it is possible to divide the notes and comments into different sections or segments and store them accordingly. The benefits of the notes remain the same except for the fact that this experience may be slightly different as compared to writing on the margin of a book.
The advantages of using an e book do not end here. It is possible for links to be placed in the electronic book in such a manner that the same can be accessed whenever one wants. This means that the book can serve as a bridge or doorway for further research online. By just a click of the mouse, it will be possible to move from the electronic book to online resources used as references. This is a much better option than a real book where purchase of one book does not lead to access to references and other material cited in the book. And on top of that, you can use p2p software like aresgalaxy to share and swap e books with your online friends and colleagues.
These advantages make electronic books the perfect replacement for standard books as far as education and teaching is concerned. Hence, these books need not be restricted to fun or fiction topics alone.