Which brings me to the vexing matter of E-book etiquette - or E-tiquette as it could perhaps be shortened to.
|E-reader? What E-reader? Nope, haven't seen one|
When I see someone absorbed in a book I'm always insatiably curious about what they are reading. Is it something I've already read? Or maybe a book I might like to read?
With a paper book, when you casually ask 'What are you reading?' it is easy for the reader to respond without too much disturbance to the flow ... just holding up the book slightly so the cover with the title can be seen, while continuing reading.
With an E-book it seems so much more impolite to disturb someone: they have to actually stop reading and speak to you and tell you. No good holding up the E-reader as it will just be a page of text, with no clues as to what the book is.
|No! You can't see! Go and read your own book!|
And then there is the question of browsing through people's bookshelves. I love doing it.
But is it rude to pick up someone else's E-reader and browse through their virtual library? It seems rather invasive: unlike a paper book, there is something rather private about an E-reader.
And if you are short of reading matter this Christmas, why not dip into Sparks 2,
containing the collected selected wit and wisdom of Authors Electric.
If all has gone to plan (I'm writing this in October so am currently working on it) it is available for pre-order HERE, and will be published in both digital and paperback editions on Midwinter Day.
Just in time for Christmas and all those annoying people asking you what you're reading.