So did you get an e-reader for Christmas? The opportunities abound as far as downloadable content. Sometimes I find it difficult to browse for titles from my Nook. If I'm shopping for a book without having anything in mind, I prefer to do that in the brick and mortar bookstore. I'm still attracted by interesting covers and the text on the back jacket, giving me a glimpse into the feel of a book.
Recently, I've decided that it might be a good idea to download to my e-reader all those classic, notorious, or other books that I always meant to read, but never had the opportunity. Right now I'm reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. I've never read anything by Capote. Heck, I haven't even seen the movie version of Breakfast at Tiffany's. I borrowed the movie Capote starring Philip Seymour Hoffman from the library over my holiday break and decided I then had to read the author's seminal work. I purchased In Cold Blood on my Nook for just under $5. What a worthwhile purchase! I'm not a true crime fan, but the writing in the book is spectacular. If you've read it, you'll recall that it's non-fiction that reads like fiction.
Books on the craft of writing are coming out in e-versions as well. Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones is getting a well-deserved new life through e-publishing. You can download it for less than $10. Ms. Goldberg has taken an active role in marketing the e-release of her book two decades after its first publication.
Some other "older" books on writing available for your e-reader are On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King and Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott, which are both excellent and dirt cheap in e-book form!
Your e-reader is a great way to use new technology to connect with old favorites! What kinds of books do you download?