Sep 4, 2016

Sunday Salon: Ebooks and Paper Books

Kindle ebooks have not been popular with me, even though I have tons and tons of them, mostly free mystery novels through Omnimystery News. I did read a few ebooks I bought without hesitation, without even caring that I wasn't reading a paper book. One of them was IQ84 by Murakami, which was such a thick novel of over 1,000 pages that it was easier to read on Kindle. The other most recent ebook I read was Walk, which I devoured very quickly. I don't mind reading really good books with excellent writing and plots via Kindle.

Here are two older books I borrowed from the library electronically:

The Last Kasmiri Rose by Barbara Cleverly is the first in the Joe Sandilands mystery series. The book has been promoted recently on Facebook by Soho Press, which printed a paperback in 2011.
Book description: It is India 1922 and the wives of officers in the Bengal Greys have been dying violently, one each year and always in March. The only link between the bizarre but apparently accidental deaths is the bunches of small red roses that appear on the women's graves..

I finished this book and gave it a five on goodreads.

The other ebook I'm reading is another 2011 publication:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, published 2011 by DoubleDay
Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves. 

Book description: a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a "game" to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. 

Paper books borrowed from the library are also opened on my desk:

Murder on the Quai by Cara Black, published June 14, 2016 by Soho Crime.
Book description: The world knows Aimée Leduc, heroine of 15 mysteries in thisNew York Times bestselling series, as a très chic, no-nonsense private investigator—the toughest and most relentless in Paris. Now author Cara Black dips back in time to reveal how Aimée first became a detective . 
The Grand Tour by Adam O'Fallon Price, published August 9, 2016 by Doubleday
A bitingly funny, smart and moving road novel about two hapless lost souls—an alcoholic Vietnam veteran turned bestselling author, and his awkward, shy college student superfan—who form an unlikely connection on the world's most disastrous book tour. (publisher)

I finished this and gave the book a 5 on goodreads. 

What are you reading these days?

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Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

The Grand Tour sounds very interesting. I think I'll look for that one.

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Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, The Grand Tour looks good, and what grabbed me was the alcoholic Vietnam vet/author. Sounds like someone I might have met along the way.

I would never have bought a Kindle...but in 2010, Christmas, my daughter gave me my first one. And I started occasionally reading on it. I did love that longer books were more easily read there, and I also enjoyed how quickly I could acquire books.

But it wasn't until a couple of years ago, when I upgraded to my Paperwhite, that I was truly in love with reading e-books.

I do have a quirky objection to some of them, though. I hate when there aren't page numbers (just locations). Some of my books have numbers, and others don't. I do a happy dance when I get a new book with page numbers.

Why? I feel lost without being able to anticipate the end, or see where I am in the book; percentages don't quite do it for me. Like I said. Quirky.

Thanks for sharing, and you got a Chatty Cathy response, didn't you?


Brian Joseph said...

I have written and commented a bit in the divide between the two formats. I see the advantages of both.

I will just mention that as a blogger, I find the ability to to take notes, highlight and copy quotes from E books to be very helpful.

On the other hand it is very nice to collect old fashioned physical books.

Katherine P said...

I have a couple of Cara Black books on my TBR. They sound fantastic. I definitely prefer reading really high page count books on my Kindle as those big heavy hardbacks hurt my hands! Anything with illustrations of any kind really needs to be on paper though. Have a great week!

Greg said...

The LAst Kashmir Rose sounds interesting, and so does Murder on the Quai. A tough investigator in Paris? Like the sound of that!

Suzanne Yester said...

I just downloaded Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth. I was looking for Man Booker Prize winners for a reading challenge, and someone commented that Sacred Hunger was the best book he had read in the last decade. It is over 600 pages and that in itself made me decide to buy as an eBook.

One other, maybe silly, reason I will buy the eBook instead of the paper book is the text used in the physical book. Sometimes old books use such awful fonts that I prefer to read them as eBooks so I can use a nicer font.

Have a great week!

Debbish said...

Some great books there and I really like the sound of The Night Circus, which I haven't read.

I'm yet to borrow any ebooks from my library but I must!

Harvee said...

It ha two interesting male characters, one older and one younger.

Harvee said...

My problem with the kindle is I forget to bookmark my page and then easily get lost if the pages happen to get flipped electronically, which they do all to easily.

Harvee said...

I will have to try taking notes and copy quotes on the Kindle. I have not mastered this as yet, and it sounds very useful.

Harvee said...

I have enjoyed all the Cara Black books! If you likemysteries and a female protagonist, you will love them!

Harvee said...

Books in exotic settings get me every time!

Harvee said...

I love changing fonts and sizes on the Kindle, very useful!

Harvee said...

The Night Circus is quite good, even tho I'm currently reading a couple of other books too.

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