By Mortimer J. Adler
In How to Mark a Book by Mortimer J. Adler, he tries to persuade the reader that marking up a book is mostly the only way to really take ownership of a book. In Adler's essay he is very up front to the reader; he doesn’t beat around the bush. Adler makes the reader feel safe and makes them trust what he has to say from the very beginning. Adler explains to the reader that to really read, understand, and truly take ownership of the material of a book the reader must “read between the lines” and “write between the lines”. Adler starts explaining that marking up a book is an act of love to the author and the book. When a person marks up a book with their thoughts it shows that he or she truly cares about what the book has to say and not on how the book looks like. Mortimer J. Adler does make many good points in his essay. Adler states that a person can read something and not truly understand it. By marking up the book it helps the reader stay awake, it makes the reader think about what they are reading, and thinking tends to express itself in words, spoken or written. A marked book is usually the thought-through book. Writing in the book helps the reader remember the thoughts they had, or the thoughts the author expressed. Taking ownership of a book is not just paying for it, but also making it a part of “yourself”. When a reader reads Mortimer J. Adler’s How to Mark a Book by Mortimer, the reader can see Adler’s point of view and his very strong feelings about the topic. He shows different ways to mark up a book, as well as explains the different levels of readers. It’s amazing well written essay, but Adler or anybody else could ever persuade me in to writing in my books. It's just something I could never do.