Plain Brown Wrapper
But lately, I’ve been happily reading on the Kindle app on my cell phone. No one is more surprised than me. For me, it’s a question of convenience. As long as I have my phone, I have something to read. Plus as a condo-dweller, I’m really excited about how many shelves I can clear because my library is now digital. At least partially. There are some physical books I’ll never part with.
However, the New York Times (and People magazine) have come up with yet another reason that romance readers are switching to ereaders. They think privacy is a good motivator. The writers at the Times think romance readers are embarrassed by the cover art of their reading choices and an ereader serves the same function as a “plain brown wrapper.” The ereader makes a guilty pleasure possible on public transit or in a professional waiting room without telegraphing what the reader is indulging in.
Yet more evidence that mainstream publishing believes romance is thinly veiled female pornography.
What they don’t understand is that the relationship between a hero and heroine is the primary focus in romance. The sensual connection is only one component of that larger story. We want emotion. We want a love that tugs at our hearts. And a non-negotiable Happily Ever After.
What do you think? Is the Times onto something? If you use an ereader, are you more adventurous in your reading choices because no one but you sees the cover art associated with your titles? Or do you love the cover art on your books and don’t give a flying fig who sees you reading them?