Big Brother is watching you read…

So there’s this article in the Wall Street Journal (LOL – I should get a commission for subscriptions to that paper 🙂 ), the gist of which is an analysis of how people read.  The data is coming from the ebook subscription services which apparently monitors a lot more information than I would have thought.  Given the size of the data pool, I’m not sure how much this truly reflects reading habits – but it’s fun to read. So here’s their cool “facts.”

Casanova Code1.  “If it is 5 a.m., chances are that you’re reaching for a romance novel — especially if you’re in Texas or Georgia.”  Good Lord – do people really start reading at 5 a.m.?  I can understand staying up that late to finish a book, but rarely to start one…oh wait…I do read romance at 5 a.m. if the cat has gotten me up and the WSJ hasn’t arrived yet.  What’s the deal with Texas and Georgia?  Is this the secret mecca of romance readers?  Or of early risers?  Personally, I prefer to read right before going to bed maybe about midnight or 1 a.m. (I’m a night owl).  That way I have sweet dreams.  But if you need a good read, I recommend the title to the left  😀 .

2.  “Self-help might be a popular market, yet only about 20% of people who start such a book finish it.”   I can understand that.  I know I followed the osmosis method when it came to writing craft books.  I’d buy the book and hope that the purchase alone would improve my writing :-).  I follow a similar process with diet books.

3.  “More than 80% of people who crack the pages of a mystery novel will find out who did it.”  I assume what they really mean is that 80% of the people that start a mystery book finish it.  I know with some mysteries, I know who did it long before the end of the book.Gatsby_1925_jacket

4. “Readers may not finish, buy yet give (Classic Literature) 5 stars.”  The article makes the point that even as they give five stars to class books that they don’t finish, they don’t necessarily give five stars to the books they devour.  I’m not really surprised at that.  I guess we’re “programmed” by society’s collective consciencous of what we should consider good and what we should not – regardless of personal preferences.

5.  “People trudge through biographies at 20 pages per hour, while they read at three times that speed for erotica.”  LOL – This statistic doesn’t surprise me at all.  🙂   By the time I receive my galleys – the print version of the typeset pages  – four or five people have already proofed the pages looking for typos.  I’m always pleased when I find some typos before the typeset version is released to the presses, because I feel like I contributed to a “clean” copy – but I’ve noticed that those typos are generally in the highly emotional/sex scenes.  I figure the editor is lost in the story at that point and misses the typo.  So yeah – I can see how readers fly through eroticas.

200px-CatsCradle(1963)6.  This observation is for writers.  “Higher “acceleration factor” — or how much readers speed up as they get closer to finishing — correlates with higher average ratings for a book.”  So keep that pacing tight in the back half of the book.  The title mentioned that has one of the highest acceleration factors is Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle.”  Readers start speeding through at the halfway mark.  Not sure I remember that one but I’m ready to download it.  🙂

7.  “Personalized recommendations drive 10 times more browsing traffic than lists based on themes.”  Which is a reminder that the best thing a reader can do for a writer is to write a quick recommendation on Goodreads or Amazon. (And thank you to all who have done so for my books – mwah!)

8.  “Sci-Fi readers are more keen on beer than wine.”  I have no comment on that other than – is there something these people aren’t watching!

9.  “About 50% of the U.S. population owns a dedicated e-reader, according to a Pew Research study released last month.  In addition, 28% read an e-book last year, up from 23% the previous year.”  I expect those numbers will continue to rise.  As much as I love my paperbacks, publishing companies are abandoning that format in favor of ebooks right and left.

10.  And finally, because I just couldn’t end with nine observations gleaned from this WSJ article, they mention there’s a patent-peding service called “if these books had a baby,: where users can input two books and find a third with similar themes.  How fun would that be!books and babies

So how about your reading habits?  When and where do you like to read?  Do you prefer a paper book or an ereader?  Do you rate books after you read them?  Are you miffed that someone is paying such close attention to how quickly you’re reading and your beverage of choice?  Have any suggestions as to the resulting title if two books had a baby?

Let’s chat!

 

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  • Helen says:

    Is he coming back to visit me ?

    Have Fun
    Helen

  • Daz says:

    What fun facts!

  • Helen says:

    Donna

    Very interesting statistics 🙂

    When and where do you like to read?

    In my recliner in the family room or in bed before I go to sleep at night I agree romance stories make for nice dreams and a good nights sleep 🙂

    Do you prefer a paper book or an ereader?

    These days I prefer E Books although I love paperbacks for my keep shelf especially signed ones 🙂

    Do you rate books after you read them?

    Yes I do at Goodreads and Amazon and I often do a review for the ARRA Newsletter

    Are you miffed that someone is paying such close attention to how quickly you’re reading and your beverage of choice?

    Not really I suppose as long as that is all they are doing

    Have any suggestions as to the resulting title if two books had a baby?

    No I am not any good at thinking about book titles a reader I will always be LOL

    Have Fun
    Helen

    The GR may be a bit miffed the grandkids have eaten all the Tim Tams 🙂

    • Now that’s a statistic they should chart – what cookie do you munch while you read 🙂

      LOL on the GR. Maybe he’ll be placated with some Girl Scout cookies over at Susan’s house.

    • Helen, I’d like to go on record to thank you for your wonderful reviews. In this day and age, reviews are so important for a book’s success and you’re such a diehard! Yay, you!

      • Anna is right and I am remiss in not thanking you as well, Helen. Those reviews are incredibly important and you’re a saint to do all that you do.
        Thank you for that.

        • Helen says:

          Thank you Anna and Donna for writing wonderful stories that give me hours of enjoyment and I am more than happy to do a review for the books I love 🙂

          Have Fun
          Helen

  • Donna, what a fun post. Actually something else interesting from the e-book revolution, Amazon keeps track of what books people buy and never finish and last year, the biggest selling books by far were the 50 Shades trilogy and the books people failed to finish in droves? Yup, the 50 Shades trilogy. Not quite sure what that says. I didn’t read them – I get really bored with things that become so omnipresent. I felt I knew all about it without even picking it up!

    I still read paper books. So clearly I’m off the radar! But I think I’m just at the stage where I’m going to buy an e-reader in the next year or so. I do rate books on Good Reads but only if I’ve liked them. A friend of mine thinks that’s really dishonest because I’m not really covering everything I read but that’s the way I do it.

    • Anna –

      I’m not surprised to learn that 50 shades of Gray had made both the most popular list and the one not finished list. I think there was a lot of curiosity about the book, but the writing really was dreadful esp. in the beginning – so I’m not surprised people abandoned it. Plus I think people began the book with high expectations of kinky sex and discovered to their dismay that everything was talk with very little action :). LOL Very disappointing in that regard.

      I still prefer paper books but it’s so easy to buy a book on an ereader. Press the “buy” button and it’s right there – like magic! It keeps the toppling TBR piles well hidden. 🙂

  • Mary Preston says:

    I’m actually not too surprised by the facts.

    I know my sister sets her alarm for an early hour just so that she can fit in two cups of tea & a read before she drives to work for a 7am start.

    • I’m afraid I’m not really a morning person (in spite of the hour of thiis reply 🙂 , My cat unfortunately has her internal clock set to 5 am to wake me, her servant giant, to feed her). I would milk every morning minute to stay in bed. So kudos to her! I’m more of a late-night reader.

  • Amy Conley says:

    This is fuuny as my mother a znd I were chatting about some of these things tonight. Mostly we were arguing over ‘real books’ vs ‘e-books’. She believes real books will soon be obsolite, while I beg to differ. Yes, I have a Kindle, I am reading on it tonight.But, I love real books ( I am not liking the tern real books so let’s say solid books instead) I have MANY solid books you could not pay me enough to get rid of; like my OUTLANDER books, even though OUTLANDER is falling apart, no I will not loan it to yoou, I will highly reccomend you read and if you don’t have the money to buy it, I will bet your local library has it.

    This does seem to be the biggest debate in years. Usually I will agree such and such will not be used anymoe, but this will. As far as books go, don’t even think about getting rid of my solid, hold in my hand, possible autographed book.

    • Amy – We have a half-price bookstore in town and I check it periodically to see if any of my books turn up on their shelves. Twice I have found my books and both times they were autographed. So I’m afraid not every one treasures an autographed book. LOL 🙂 (FWIW – I buy them and then give them away on my Facebook author page to anyone with the same first name as the autograph).

      I love my paperbooks. I wish my publisher was more supportive of producing a paper book, They are betting on the growing ebook market.

      BTW – I’m loving the Outlander commercails for the new series. Can’t wait till it starts. I’m with you on guarding those books. I’ve loaned out Outlander to one of my clients and it never returned.

      • Amy Conley says:

        Donna, What a frigging insult! Listen if an author takes the time to sign a book TO ME, wether I enjoyed the book or not, and truthfully very few I haven’t, I keep them. But to get rid of an autographed book in the same town/area the author lives in? T LOLhat is just insulting.From now on I’d add last names and hunt them down!LOL As you and many of the Banditias and friend know whom I won books from here, not only do I KEEP all of your books, i try at least, to send a real thank you note also. As a matter of fack Donna, I have a note you enclosed, stuck into one of my mirrors because it is one of the most beautiful cards I’ve ever seen, nevermind recieved.

        As far as e-books go, I am not getting the same feeling from them. Right now I am reading the ARC of Stephanie Laureans next book and while she is and has been one of my favorite authors sice I found THE DUKE AND I at the library, and own almost every book she’s written, I’m having a hard time with this one. And I think it is boiling down to the fact e-books lose that personal touch. When I am holding a book in my hand it’s like the book was written just for me.

        And as far as your OUTLANDER book, I’d hunt them down until they returned it or at the very least bought you a replacement. LOL

        • Awww…hugs to you too Amy…so glad you enjoyed the note.

          Your observation on reading ebooks is interesting. I wonder if the personal connection comes from the paper as in our minds it relates to a letter or note. There’s no way an ereader is going to have a paper feel. The best it can do is emulate an email which isn’t quite the same, is it. The other thing about an ebook is that you can put it down and pick up exactly where you left off. While you can put a paper book down with a bookmark, I feel a sense of urgency when I see it on the table – incomplete. The kindle doesn’t nag at me the same way which is why I’m more likely to finish the paper book.

          But…more and more publishers are going digital first or digital only so I guess I’m going to need to adapt. Sigh.

  • Deb says:

    Donna, these are interesting stats. I wonder what the purpose of the data collection is, though? I mean, if I am drinking a cup of tea or a glass of chocolate milk while reading, am I going to suddenly receive coupons in the mail for English Breakfast tea? 😉

    I still have all my fave print books on my shelf, and if I especially like a book that I have read on my Kindle (such as THE BOOK THIEF), then I will buy the print copy.

    I love my Kindle. I can read hands-free on the couch, in bed, in the recliner; while drinking a beverage or eating a snack. Yes, it is way too easy to just press that little buy-with-one-click icon. *g*

    I stay up late to read (during the school year, late means 10:30 or 11). Over Christmas break, I was up until 2:00 a.m. or so for 2 or 3 nights to read TBThief. I am not much of a morning person, so don’t usually read in the a.m.

    Amazon does seem to have “suggestions” for me from my list of searches and books bought.

    • Deb – The data collection is most definitely to sell you something else, but whether it’s another book or coupons in the mail, I don’t know. I suppose relevant coupons or advertising is much better than the flagrant irrelevant advertising that is constantly sent to my phone. (Now if “staying power” were in the context of keeping me focued on writing, I MIGHT be interested…but not in the context they suggest 🙂 )

      Cool that you buy the print edition of ebooks that you like (and thank you for that) but I understand that not all ebooks have print versions available. Not sure the reasoning there but who knows the reasoning behind some publishers decisions. It will be interesting to see how all this new frontier shakes out.

  • Becke says:

    Donna,
    You would have loved my dad. He was not only a faithful WSJ fan, he bought subscriptions for everyone he knew as in my 20-something children and nephews!

    I prefer my e-reader, but often received books from friends or at conference.

    I read the last 30-45 mins. of my day–unless I’m between WIP. At that time I allow reading at will which translates to 1-2 in the evenings.

    I read magazines, paper etc 4:30-5am

    If I don’t care for the book, I don’t finish and I don’t comment in the media.

    • Becke – I do believe I would have enjoyed meeting your dad because I already enjoy chatting with his daughter 🙂 .

      I agree. If I don’t care for a book, I don’t comment anywhere. I respect the work that goes into creating a story, even if it’s not my cup of tea. The only exception I’ve made to that rule is with 50 shades as I don’t think my opinion will affect the success of the book. 🙂

      • Becke says:

        Thanks. It’s always fun stopping by the lair.

        And I agree. Your comment will have no impact on 50 Shades. That said, I’ve never read it and probably won’t.
        b

  • Pissenlit says:

    I didn’t know they kept track of so much, though I suppose that I’m not too surprised. Makes sense….except for keeping track of my beverage choices! Perhaps I should vary my beverages to skew their data! 😉

    When don’t I like to read? Ha! I enjoy reading while ensconced in the left corner of the couch or lying in bed. Using an ereader while doing the latter is great except for when you nod off and drop it on your face. I got a nice bruise and swollen bump on the bridge of my nose once. Paperbacks are much more forgiving. I prefer mass market paperbacks but as I’m running out of places to keep them, I don’t buy as many dead tree books and have started to resort to going the ereader route more. I always rate the books that I read on Goodreads. Ya, I’m not too thrilled about how much info is collected nowadays but I suppose that’s the tradeoff for future-y things. 😀 I don’t know about babies of two titles but I always thought that if two books had a baby, it’d be a chapbook. LOL

    This took me an hour and 17 minutes to post because I could only tear my eyes away from hockey to read or type a couple of words at a time. *snarf*

    • Pissenlit –

      I totally understand. I wrote the blog during the USA/Canada Women’s Hockey match. What a heartstopper that last minute of the game was – and then the overtime. While I wish the outcome had been different, it was thrilling to watch.

      LOL and hugs on the face bruising. I tend to put the book/ereader on my stomach while I “rest my eyes for a moment.” The next thing I know I’m woken by the sound of my own snores.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I know my productivity will improve now that the Olympics are ending.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    I read any time and anywhere, even while cooking. Recently, while waiting for my bacon to crisp, I almost burned it because I was so engrossed in my book. I usually have two books going at once, one on my Kindle and one in print. I always buy my favorite authors in print so I have a copy in case something happens with my Kindle. I do rate books, almost always leave a review somewhere. Don’t care is they monitor my beverage, it’s diet coke by the way. If two titles could have a baby? Hmmm. All You Need Is Love Running Wild. This would be All You Need Is Love by Marie Force and Running Wild by Linda Howard, two of my favorites.

    • Debbie –

      I can relate to reading while cooking – which is probably why my daughter does all the cooking now. LOL. And I’m a Diet Coke drinker as well, unless there’s some Diet Dr. Pepper around. Prefer the Dr. Pepper but have Diet Coke pretty much flowing in the veins.

      Bless you for buying the print after discovering the ebook. We love readers like you (mwah!)

      You know, the advice used to be when pitching a book to take two recent movie titles and put them together i.e. “My book is like Godzilla meets Goldilocks.” For my one and only published suspense (published under Donna Richards), I picked two movies that had a connection to my story. A movie had recently come out about a serial killer called “From Hell” and my book had a serial killer so I thought I’d use that. My book also had a heart transpIant recipient like the (then) current movie “Remember Me” which would be perfect. The problem is “Remember Me From Hell” didn’t have the romantic ring I was looking for 🙂 Needless to say, I didn’t use it.

  • Becke says:

    Donna,
    One other thought. I like the samples that Kindle offers. If I like the sample, I buy and download the book.

    Great feature.
    b

    • Becke – Good to know.

      Speaking of samplers – Berkley Intermix, the publisher of my next release, is putting out a sample or titles next month and a sampler of The Whisky Laird’s Bed is in there. Just saying….

  • Caren Crane says:

    Donna, those stats are kind of freaky. I mean, how do they know scifi readers prefer beer to wine?? And for that matter, how do they know how quickly anyone is reading? I suppose some of that would be more available from those on a subscription service than those of us simply buying books singly, but still. It is very Big Brother!

    As to when and where I read, I read everywhere and anytime I can! There were so many commercials during the Olympic prime time coverage that I just kept my Kindle open, hit Mute when the commercials came on and read through them. I deplore commercials!

    I find myself reading more and more ebooks and fewer print books as time goes by. I don’t want more books in my house (in dust-catcher form), so I tend to buy ebooks. I also download free books to try new authors and have had great success with that, finding great new authors and stories I might never have found otherwise. I do love to sample, like Becke!

    When I really enjoy a book, I try to at least rate it if not post a full review. First, I want the author to know I loved the book. Second, I know it helps authors to have more ratings (esp. good ones). I read so much that I tend to get behind on doing this, but when I am taken with a story, I do try remember to share the love!

    • Hi Caren!

      I believe all the stats were collected by subscription services – which I’m guessing is a small sample compared to the total ebook reading audience – but I thought they were interesting. I think the beer and wine observation came from other book titles downloaded, but it’s surprising that enough corelation existed between drink preference and Sci-fi. Hmmm….I downloaded a number of titles on Scotch for research for The Whisky Laird’s Bed. Do you think that skewed drink preferences for romance readers?

      Re: Commercials during the Olympics. I really loved the “Thanks Mom” campaign by Procter & Gamble. Kudos to them.

  • Shannon says:

    I’m an in bed reader during the winter. I’m always cold, so I usually cuddled in an electric blanket. In the summer, if the pool is open, then I’m reading beside the pool. If it’s hot and humid, I’m finally warm and toasty.

    I’ve become a huge fan of my Kindle. It may be that I don’t have to carry three books in my bag. It may be that I no longer have to answer the question, is that a good book? Or hear the comments about romance novels. (I read on the bus to and from work.)

    After I found out that someone did a study to determine what cats thought of their owners ( their answer: they’re a big cat on two legs *shrug*), I am not surprised at any study topic.

    Have any suggestions as to the resulting title if two books had a baby? Now the song, O Baby, Baby is stuck in my mind.

    About reviewing, I have very mixed feelings. I just read a book that got four stars. It wasn’t awful but it was not a four star book. The misspellings and formatting errors (there have to be a lot for me to notice given my inability to spell and proofread) were distracting but what drove me nuts was a line about the hero going to feel jealousy. Guess what, the story shifted to how the heroine lost the baby. I hate to be nasty and negative, but that book begged for a bad review (not for the miscarriage but for raising and not meeting this reader’s expectations). Generally, I only post four and five star reviews when I think that people need to know this is a really good book. I usually just “talk” about books that I’ve recently read on blogs where the topic is “what have you been reading.” Again, I mainly mention what I loved and maybe something about a like.

    • Shannon – I must admit I like to toss my Kindle in my purse when I’m heading out to do errands. If I’m stuck in a line at the post office or in the grocery store – out comes the kindle. But for the most part, I read paper books – not that I buy them. My daughter constantly buys books and throws the good ones on my TBR pile and I still turn to paper before I grab the kindle.

      Thanks for doing a review on books you enjoyed. Every little bit helps! Even though I can’t type an email without typos, typos or formatting errors in print drive me nuts. I’m not overly-forgiving. I figure if you’re putting a product out for someone to buy, it should be typo-free. No one is payiing money for my emails 🙂 .

  • LOL, Donna, I kept reading this, thinking I would never think to write a blog about this, but you did and it was great fun!!

    As to #8 and the Scifi beer drinkers…can I point out that (Bandita Nancy and Trish and my daughter and her friend aside) most straight SciFi (not paranormal romance) readers are going to be MALE. Therefore they like beer more than wine…I’m just sayin’.

    So how about your reading habits? When and where do you like to read?

    I read anywhere but a moving vehichle and any time of the day. In fact, this morning I started the day by reading some of the book I’ve been reading this weekend. It’s a paranormal and the world building is slowing me down a bit, but I am thoroughly enjoying it.

    Do you prefer a paper book or an ereader?
    Both, equally.

    Do you rate books after you read them?

    I try to, but I read so many that some get missed. I tend to do mass ratings. Rate several at a time when I’m in rating mode.

    Are you miffed that someone is paying such close attention to how quickly you’re reading and your beverage of choice?

    Not surprised at all, since the marketing companies are monitoring what we buy, why not someone knowing what we choose to read. Although, I probably confuse the hell out of them with my ecclectic mix!!

    • Thanks Suz – The WSJ has great stuff 🙂

      I read Sci-Fi as well. I’m hoping to finish my RITAs books soon (should finish #7 by tomorrow and #8 is a novella) so I can finish the Divergent trilogy. But you’re right about most readers being male so I suppose beer makes sense.

      I can read in a moving car, I’ve even read while driving a car…well while waiting at intersections…but after a fender-bender which was my fault (thank you Jenny Crusie,) I no longer do that. Good thing! 🙂

  • Minna says:

    Whenever I can, mostly in bed or sofa.

    I still prefer paper books, but because I only have so much space, I’m glad I have ereader, as well.

    I rate books very rarely.

    Well, I don’t have Kindle or Nook and from my Sony no one can see what I actually read or don’t read. But obviosly they (in my case mostly Kobo) can see what I buy or get for free from them. Well, it’s one way to find new books and authors.

    Right now I’m watching the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games. Fortunately, we can see them from chanels or webpages of Finland’s national public-broadcasting Company, so no commercials here!

    • Minna –

      E-readers make finding new authors so easy, don’t they. I do, however, sort of miss seeing the covers of what other people are reading. Every writer has a dream of seeing a stranger reading their book in an airport or on a beach. Kind of hard with an ereader. 🙂

      Procter & Gamble ran a series of “Thanks Mom” commercials here during the Olympics that I enjoyed. They showed clips of the “growing up” journeys of the USA athletes with them saying “Thanks Mom” at the end. Very sweet.

  • Patty L. says:

    First things first, I love my Kindle and when it recent does I felt like I lost a limb. 🙁 Second, I only leave reviews for books that I loved or liked. When I read a book that I am not fond of or could not relate to, I would never disrespect the author to leave a less than stellar review. That is what the review sites are for. IMO Third and finally, 😉 I love finding a book that could be a “baby” of another favorite. Romance is romance and love makes babies. ;). Great blog!

    • Thanks Patty –

      Your post reminds me of when bandita Susan had her purse stolen. Replacing the charge cards was a PITA and she wasn’t carrying a lot of cash so that was only snarl worthy – but what she really mourned was the loss of her kindle and all those downloaded books.

      So pleased to see that so many people leave reviews for books they like. It truly helps in so many ways. Thank you for that.

  • Fun stuff, Donna !! You can always count on the WSJ for interesting articles and some real cutting edge information. I have several WSJ articles about the publishing industry bookmarked online.

    When and where do you like to read?

    Anywhere and everywhere! I always have my kindle and at least one paperback or hardback book in my bag. I read at work during breaks and at lunch. I read while standing in line at the checkout or if I am in the car waiting for someone. I always read in bed before going to sleep. If I have a day off or several days off I will sit on my porch and read with my feet propped up on Clyde, the world’s clumsiest and most lovable dog.

    Do you prefer a paper book or an ereader?

    I prefer to read physical books and I believe I always will. However, many books by my favorite authors and by new authors are only available in e book form. Those are the ones I load onto my kindle. And if I read a book on my Kindle out of necessity and I like it I will buy it again once it comes out in print. And my signed books are my prized possessions. You’ll never find them on a used bookstore shelf. Then again, as I never get rid of books I guess you won’t find any of my books there.

    Do you rate books after you read them?

    I do, but only if I like them. I don’t want to read negative reviews of my books once I actually get one published. I won’t do that to someone else.

    Are you miffed that someone is paying such close attention to how quickly you’re reading and your beverage of choice?

    I am a private person about a great many things, but what I read and what I drink aren’t terribly private so their snooping doesn’t bother me.

    Have any suggestions as to the resulting title if two books had a baby?

    How about FIFTY SHADES OF THE CASANOVA CODE ? 🙂

    • Louisa –
      LOL on the book baby. Poor Edwina would turn 50 shades of scarlet if Ashton suggested the things Gray did. Japanese erotica is one thing, pumishment in the name of passion is another.

      Just wanted to say that I think you’ll be published shortly. It happens when you least expect it – at least it did for me. And when it does – I’ll be first in line to buy your book and to post a excellent review.

  • catslady says:

    I won my Kindle but I’m really a print reader. I know they keep tabs of what I download on my kindle but most of them are those freebie books and I will never live long enough to read most of them lol. Authors have said it helps them to download them so I do. I don’t travel much so I would think that would be the most convenient reason for ebooks. I love to read late at night and usually until 2:30 to 3:00 AM. Once in a while if I’m having trouble sleeping I may read a bit in the early mornng but only if I know I can still try to sleep in. I don’t care who tracks anything I do – those who have noting to hide, hide nothing lol.

    • Catslady –

      I like your philosophy regarding big brother. Worrying about such things could drive you nuts.

      I think the other good reason for a kindle is that you can enlarge the print so it’s easier on the eyes. It seems to be that the print in the paperbacks published by the NY firms is getting smaller and smaller – or maybe it’s just my eyesight. I do like the feel and print size on a trade paperback though and with the advent of self-publishing – more and more good books are available in trade.

  • Mozette says:

    Boy oh boy…. BB really has nothing better to do with its time than to figure out what we read, how we read, which books we enjoy, hate, finish, not finish and how we go about our rating systems….

    personally I think BB is really creepy… but then, so is FB… but that’s another story for another time, right?

    😉