When reading traditional books, we often annotate to highlight key insights and organize our thoughts. However, as we transition to the digital era, the practice of annotation should not be left behind. Even within the realm of digital flipbooks, you can now seamlessly annotate, marking crucial points and enhancing your reading experience. In this article, we will guide you through the process of adding interactive annotations to your digital flipbooks using VP Online.

Annotate on a Flipbook

7 Reasons Why You Annotate When Reading

Annotations, the timeless practice of marking and enhancing your reading experience, hold a myriad of benefits that extend far beyond traditional books. Whether you are perusing a classic novel or engaging with a digital flipbook, these interactive notes serve as your gateway to a more enriching reading journey. Let’s explore the compelling advantages of annotating when you read.

  1. Enhanced Comprehension: Annotations help to clarify and consolidate your understanding of the text. By jotting down notes and comments, you engage more deeply with the content, which can lead to improved comprehension.
  2. Improved Retention: Annotating key points or insights reinforces your memory. When you revisit the material, your annotations serve as memory cues, making it easier to recall important information.
  3. Organization: Annotations can serve as a form of organization, allowing you to structure your thoughts and categorize information. This is especially useful when dealing with complex or lengthy texts.
  4. Active Reading: Annotating promotes active reading. Instead of passively scanning the text, you are actively interacting with it. This engagement helps you stay focused and absorb information more effectively.
  5. Critical Thinking: Annotations encourage critical thinking. They provide a space for you to question the text, make connections, and analyze its content, ultimately deepening your understanding.
  6. Reference for Later: Annotations serve as a valuable reference when you need to revisit the material. Whether it is for a research project, study session, or work-related task, your annotations can save you time and effort.
  7. Personalization: Annotating allows you to personalize your reading experience. You can highlight passages that resonate with you, mark areas for further exploration, or jot down your own reflections and insights.

How to Annotate on a Flipbook

When viewing a flipbook, press the Annotation button at the control bar to bring up the annotation tool. Select the preferred annotation tool and start annotating the book.

Please notice that annotation are saved within a session and will remain accessible. There are three session types:
  • Workspace Session: Annotations are securely stored in your Visual Paradigm account for long-term access. You can create multiple workspace sessions.
  • Browser Session: Annotations are stored in the browser and can be retrieved even after restarting.
  • Temporary Session (Dispose on exit): The sessions, along with the annotations are available for this session only and will be deleted upon browser exit.

We can press Manage Session to switch or create new sessions.

If we save the annotation in Browser Session, next time when we reopen the book on the same browser, open the annotation tool will bring us annotation back.

If we save the annotation in Workspace Session, users sharing the same workspace can read the annotation after they login in to the same workspace and switch to the corresponding session.

Enable/ Disable the Annotation Function

We can enable/ disable this function in the Settings of the flipbooks.

Switch on or off Annotation under Control.

Please note that annotation only works when the book is viewing in single page mode. If the book is in double page mode, turn on the annotation will prompt to switch to single page mode

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