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Textbook Overload

In the Tufte reading, the author lamented the prevalence of Powerpoint as a communication device since it overloads people with unnecessary info, too quickly, with too much clutter. Instantly, it reminded me of textbooks, which seem to get more and more text boxes, sidebars, and graphics every time I open them. Though sometimes the extra information is valuable, a lot of times it is located right in  the middle of a passage that extends to the next page, thus interrupting my reading process and making it hard to understand everything I should be taking away from the text. Unfortunately (well, fortunately for me but unfortunately for these photo illustrations) I no longer own the text which was the greatest offender, an art history book which seemed like it had more text boxes in the middle of chapters than actual examples of art. This photo, from my marketing text, is just a glimpse into how truly annoying the extra feature in books can be.




I have a marketing textbook that is similar to this. Flashy, bold colors and text boxes everywhere. I personally like it because it is more visually attractive to me and keeps my eyes on the page, whereas a textbook with no pictures or interesting attention-getter content will bore me. This makes me sound like a person who hates reading but I actually adore reading books and letting my imagination run- I just find textbooks boring!


I agree with Natalie, there is way to much going on all over the pages of more recent textbooks. Normally I expect this type of “in your face” text boxes from the side of Facebook or other really annoying site and since we I became accustom to ignoring them online, I also do so in the textbook.

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