So the 250 word issue will be Monday's post.
The article that caught my attention was 'I’m not ashamed of what’s loaded on my e-reader – are you?' by Iain Hollingshead in The Telegraph online, book section.
Now this appears to have come about from a survey- though who compiled it isn't mentioned, so judge it how you will.
" Meanwhile, a quarter of us are too embarrassed to admit to owning the e-books we are actually reading – mainly thrillers, mysteries and fantasy."
I find that admission surprising as the people I know with e-readers wouldn't be embarrassed to admit owning such books in digital form. So perhaps the people who answered the survey were high-brow types whose usual (admitted) reading matter is literary fiction...
It's understandable that sales of erotica in e-book form would have increased. In the view of some of the population, anyone seen reading erotica (with their revealing covers) might be considered disgraceful- to put it politely. While many readers and writers know that it is a popular genre, and if you want to buy it and read it then, fine, no problem.
There are likely to be quite a few classics that have been downloaded for free, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and the Brontes among them. I know I have quite a few classics on my e-reader.
Here is a small selection of e-books I have on my pocket reader currently- I have more in my reader library that I've read and taken off my reader, so I only have the ones on there that I'm reading, or have yet to read.
- Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne.
- The Count of Monte Cristo- Alexander Dumas (I read this as a teenager, along with The Three Musketeers).
- Delight and Desire- Joanne Maitland.
- Diamonds and Pearls- assorted writers (brilliant book).
- Four in Hand- Stephanie Laurens (a favourite, always makes me smile when I read it).
- Georgette Heyer's Regency World- Jennifer Kloester (I have a book copy too).
- Innocent Courtesan to Adventurer's Bride- Louise Allen.
- Loves Me, Loves Me Not-Romantic Novelists' Association (another must have).
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy- Douglas Adams (I've actually finished it now).
- Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell-Susanna Clarke.
- The Uncommon Reader- Alan Bennet.
- The Unlacing of Miss Leigh-Diane Gaston.
So what books have you got on your e-reader? Are there any on your e-reader that you would not want to admit to owning? (If there are, you don't have to tell all.)
Now I'm off to browse some e-books by a couple of authors I haven't read before...