Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Rekindled Passion

In case I haven’t mentioned it, I own a Kindle.  Not only that, I LOVE my Kindle.  While I was initially sceptical that I wouldn't be satisfied with anything other than a book in my hand, it seems I was very wrong and the Kindle is King. 

If sales of ebooks are anything to go by then the rest of the world also loves their kindles, although for very different reasons than me it seems.  

It appears that e-readers have sparked a rise in the sales of erotica (or for those kidding themselves 'romance novels').  While I understand the anonymity of a kindle means you can sit on the train reading anything you want without anyone judging you the question in my mind remains why?  Seriously, why?

You don’t need to look at amazon’s top Kindle books list for long before you encounter a bare chest or straining bosom.  You know, this kind of thing:

Now I’m not a prude in anyway (at least I don’t think I am) but I can think of nothing worse than reading badly written sex scenes (as somewhat documented here) .  

There’s the old saying “never judge a book by a cover” but I think in this case it’s perfectly acceptable to do precisely that.  Really people?  I understand everyone has different tastes but for the love of God show some sort of discernment!  

Just before Christmas I received an Amazon wishlist from someone (that appears relatively normal on the outside) that was brimming with this kind of crap.  Needless to say they didn’t get it.  The thought of spending money on it makes me shudder but it seems I’m in the minority here.    As much as it pains me to say it this kind of erotica appears to be staying.

Anyway I thought I would provide you with a brief rule of thumb when sending me Amazon wishlists; if it looks like it heaving, sighing, or engorged I won’t be buying it for you.  You’ll get this instead The Art of Discernment: Making Good Decisions in Your World ofChoices.

Happy reading!