I own half an e-reader! I’ve been coming around to the idea of an e-reader for a while now. Ever since I realised that lots of the out of print 19th century books I want to read were available as e-books. A lot of them are free as well. My friend P loves new technology but he doesn’t read much. He saw this nifty little e-reader for $99 & we decided to buy it. I’ll probably end up buying his half once he’s finished playing with it & exploring the photo & film options.
My experience so far has been positive. I don’t like musty secondhand books so my only options for authors like E M Delafield have been taking a chance on secondhand books from the UK (not much Delafield in secondhand bookshops in Australia) or expensive, unattractive POD editions. I was thrilled to discover the Girlebooks website where I downloaded Delafield’s War Workers for free. They have a great range of 18th & 19th century books by women writers available for free. I also downloaded Elizabeth Von Arnim’s The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rugen & Anna Katherine Green’s The Leavenworth Case.
Then, it was over to the Book Depository where they have thousands of Dodo Press POD books available as free e-books. I now have Wilkie Collins’s Rambles Beyond Railways (I’m reading this at the moment), Clement Shorter’s Charlotte Bronte & her Circle, Horace Walpole’s Historic Doubts (about Richard III), Mamie Dickens’s My Father As I Knew Him & Rhoda Broughton’s Twilight Stories. These were all PDF files. The reader can also accept EPub files. P says they’re easier on the eye & easier to adjust the font to fit the page but I had some trouble with the drag & drop part of the download so I’ll need some help with that.
I think I’ll enjoy using the e-reader to read those books I can’t easily get any other way. If there’s a Penguin or OUP edition in print, I think I’d rather have that, even if I have to pay for it. I love the Notes & Introductions that are part of the package with the classics in print.