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Jan/31/2013 - 11:53:32 pm

What We Read When Nobody Could See a Cover


In today’s world, reading has become a much more private act. Gone are the days when you’d slip your erotic novel into a textbook to read on an airplane without shame. Now, with our e-readers, it is easy to read anonymously. Nobody need know that I am sighing at the escapades of a burly pirate or blushing at the wantonness of a princess. 

E-readers have opened up a new world for those of us who love reading the top erotic books of the day but don’t want the entire world to know about it. No longer do we have to try to shield the exposed breasts of the cover heroine from the eyes of children on the subway, as I did a few years ago… goodness that was awkward when the little girl’s mother glared at me. Now, all the children see is the plain back panel of a Kindle or iPad or Nook. 

It’s because of this anonymity in reading that more and more people are choosing to read romance literature. I know I was much less willing to read a top erotic book in public back when people could see that I was reading erotica. It’s not that I am ashamed of the genre, I just prefer a sense of privacy, as many others do. Romance novels are one of the top selling genres of literature, and now that e-readers are so prominent, I expect the number of top erotic book sales to climb even higher. 

Whether they be popular authors such as Jaci Burton, E L James, Nora Roberts and Linda Howard or brand new writers who have self-published their romance novel and sold it on the Amazon online store, I expect all of them will be gaining readership from those who wouldn’t have purchased their books when other people could see the covers. The anonymity of an e-reader provides a sense of safety to those who are uncomfortable with expressing their love of the genre of erotic fiction. Personally, I think it’s splendid.            

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