An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
When I was studying in the USA this year I had a copy of LFA with me, a copy of Deathly Hallows with me, lots of bloody expensive schoolbooks and a nice big university library but nothing else (oh how I suffered). There came a time towards the end of the year that I was itching for my books and so kept getting books out of the library that were sequels or the americanised copies of the books I own at home. Unfortunately, the library didn’t have much YA so when I was in the mood for AOK I ended up having to buy it on Google’s book thing. All in all it was an okay experience (reading on the computer, that is — I have always loved the book!) but I felt like the formatting of the footnotes was pretty crap, it took you to another page, it shifted the text about, and above all the reading and referencing was not as automatic or immersive as it is when I read a physical book. This became even more apparent when I yet again reread AOK last week (this time in a book book, not on the computer). I am not against ebooks, and I am even more curious about the way they work since everyone and their uncle has been buzzing about Faber’s The Waste Land app, but this was one of the instances where, for me at least, ebooks didn’t really work. I almost want to reread/read another book with footnotes (an excuse to reread The Boyfriend List, perhaps) on the computer in order to see whether I stumble upon the same problems.
Incidentally, I find it really difficult to read pre-1900 literature on the computer, no idea why and a big shame as it’s all copyright free. Also, the search function in Google books is like the only thing that really gets me hot for ebooks and it didn’t even work properly for AOK. Is this the case for all ebooks you buy with them, I wonder?