I've begun a new reading project. I've downloaded several Otpor PDFs and have started reading them in the morning on a Nook Color (NC). The NC is proprietary as hell and we definitely need an open source e-reader, but until that happens we're stuck with the likes of it, the Fire, the iPad, etc.
I bought an app that lets me mark up PDFs, and it seems to me that this is a useful way to start reading publications that otherwise wouldn't be possible/practical. (Reading a 200 page PDF at a desk chair simply isn't comfortable. There's something about the "on the couch" experience that's important.)
So as I go through it I've been marking it up. Please download it and let me know what you think. Is this the kind of thing we should be looking at for digesting documents that will never get a hard publication? There's an enormous amount of material out there that fits that description, and for the kind of subjects that we're dealing with (not plutonomy or party friendly) it could open up a whole new world for us.
Would it be worthwhile to keep master copies of the PDFs here, have people check them out, mark them up and check them back in for others to review?
I'm trying to think of ways to bring these documents into the discourse beyond just linking to them. This is just a first stab at it, but I'd like to see if anything like this concept is workable.
Big picture: Groups like CANVAS (and individuals) are putting lots of stuff out there in these proprietary Web-unfriendly formats. I'm trying to think of ways of making them part of the picture.