Why I Like E-Books

November 9, 2010

Why I Like E-Books

I was sitting and talking with a group of friends awhile back when the subject of e-book readers came up. Everyone was shocked to find out that I owned a Kindle. “It’s like taking money from writers’ pockets, isn’t it?” one friend asked.

Another said, “How can you do that? You’re a writer.”

I could write about how silly that is and editorialize it to death as has been done by readers and writers alike . . . but I don’t wanna. I love my Kindle.

Three years ago I was wandering through an antique store and wandered into the book section. I picked up a copy of The Door by Mary Roberts Rinehart and The Case of the Drowsy Mosquito by Erle Stanley Gardner.  The books were in bad shape. They smelled musty and the pages were coming out of the binding in places, but they were by authors I’d never read (yes, I’d heard of Perry Mason, but I’d never read any of the cases) so I picked them up.

I love a good old-fashioned mystery. I fell in love with Rinehart’s style and enjoyed reading a Perry Mason novel for the first time. The benefits of an old fashioned mystery on the Kindle are that there’s no musty/moldy smell, no disintegrating paper, and no broken binding.

Here’s a list of a very few of my favorite free reads:

1.       The Attic Murder by S. Fowler Wright

2.       Classic Mystery Novels: 22 books by Mary Roberts Rinehart

3.       The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

4.       Dr. Thorndyke Mystery Collection by R. Austin Freeman

5.       The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

6.       The Vanishing Man by R. Austin Freeman

7.       The Man Who Knew Too Much by GK Chesterton

8.       The Evil Guest by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

9.       The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Greene

10.   Carnacki, the Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson

Like I said, these are just a few and these are mysteries. For writers out there who worry about eking out a living, believe me I understand. As a writer I seek inspiration from all sorts of writing by all sorts of writers and it’s nice to have just one more resource available to me.

As a reader, I look for free stuff wherever I can get it. Viva la Public Domain!

I’d love to hear about your experience with public domain works and to hear your recommendations. What “newly discovered” old writers have you found?

–JB Kohl