Books are a uniquely portable magic. - Steven King
But what is new information worth if we don’t externalize it, connect it to existing knowledge and create meaningful outputs form it? With the Book type you can create a beautiful library of all your books and can link it to all your notes.
To create a structure for a book it will have the following properties:
- Description: A one-liner that summarizes the book (That can be really hard).
- Tags: Tags are great to have with every content type. It’s just great to tag books if you want them to appear in different contexts.
- Author (text property): We use a text property to keep it flexible. This could be the authors name if you don’t want to create an object or a link to another object in your space (use “@” to search for it).
- Medium (single select tag property): To track if you listened to that book, you read a hard copy or an ebook you can use tags like “Medium/Book”, “Medium/AudioBook”, etc. In the settings you can also define a fixed set of values for that property.
- Rating (number property): After reading a book it’s great to rate it to not bias your impression later. You can use a number property to rate it from 1 to 10 for example.
- Notes (blocks property): That’s where we write down our notes and thoughts on that book. We can link to any other page, reuse images, and much more here.
- Recommended by (text property): If you want to keep track of who recommended that book you can use a text property to later come back to that person and discuss the book with them.
You can at any point adjust these properties. You can remove them if you think they’re unnecessary or add new ones. Learn more about it here.