I enjoy reading e-books, but . . .

I’ve had my Kindle e-reader for about three years. During that time, I’ve downloaded way too many e-books, most of which either were freebies or cost .99 cents.

I enjoyed reading some of those free or inexpensive e-books. Thanks to them, I discovered several new authors I like, and I have gone on to download their books at the regular prices.

On the other hand, so many of the freebie books were a disappointment because they seemed to have been thrown together without much thought on the part of the author. Some books obviously had not been edited or even beta read. In addition to being peppered with grammar and spelling errors, there were holes or inconsistencies in the plots, and the main characters were not well developed and/or sort of boring.

Then again, some fairly well written e-books have been disappointing. Here’s my biggest pet peeve about e-books in general.

Some authors, mostly newbie authors, describe in detail every piece of clothing the hero or heroine wears in every chapter throughout the book. These authors also have a tendency to describe the heroine going through her make-up routine every morning. I really don’t need to know the cutesy name of the of the heroine’s lipstick unless, a few chapters later, that shade of lipstick is found on a body, thus making her a murder suspect.

I also lose interest fast when an author describes every stick of furniture in the hero’s or heroine’s home and in any other home or place of business that they visit, work, or shop.

And I won’t even mention authors who describe every, tree, bush, or building the hero or heroine passes on his or her way to wherever he or she is heading. Oops, I guess I just did.

Too much of that stuff just throws me out of the story.


About WestWordArizona

Writer, editor, originally from Berkshire County, Massachusetts, now living in North San Diego County, California.
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