The one advantage of my iPad over my e-reader is the ability to download sample chapters of a book before I buy. Sometimes the samples lead me on to buy the book in question, eg Love in the Sun by Leo Walmsley or Angel of the Revolution by George Chetwynd Griffith (which I was alerted to by this post on Catherine Pope’s Victorian Geek blog). Like Catherine, I’m not a science fiction fan but Catherine’s description of the plot sounded more like futuristic fiction (it’s a 19th century novel about the invention of an airplane & Nihilist plots to end the world as we know it – or should I say, as they knew it then!). So, I downloaded the sample chapters, enjoyed them & bought the book.
I also have a sample of C P Snow’s The Search because it provides a vital clue in one of my favourite detective novels, Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers – but I haven’t read it yet. Sometimes I read about a book on a blog & think I’ll just pop over to Amazon & see if there’s a sample of it available – & there often is.
However, I have many more samples than whole books, most of which I haven’t even cracked open yet. If you click on the pictures, you should be able to see them more clearly. My plan is to read the samples then see if I can buy the books, if I want to read them, for my e-reader which is so much lighter & more convenient for reading. Of course, I have nearly 200 books on the e-reader & I haven’t read most of those either. You may have noticed a pattern here, especially after my recent post about my library – my mother would have said that my eyes are bigger than my stomach. At least the samples are free and non-fattening.
Here are just a few of the samples I have waiting to be read. Any suggestions for moving one of them to the top (front?) of the iPad gratefully received.
The History Room by Eliza Graham
The Valorous Years by A J Cronin
The Dead Man’s Message by Florence Marryat
Just Send Me Word by Orlando Figes
John Clare By Jonathan Bate
Ukridge by P G Wodehouse
Tour de Force by Christianna Brand
The Faded Map by Alistair Moffat
The Woman Reader by Belinda Jack
The Free Fishers & Midwinter by John Buchan
Am I the only one who does this? Please reasssure me that I’m not alone.