Kay Scarpetta battles southern conspiracy and bad writing in her middle-aged hands. Robert Langdon uncovers centuries-old symbolise with earth shattering consequences in his twenty-somethings. And in that child's anxious fingers, Peter Pan still fights the same pirates and saves the same Tiger Lily; and it brings the same wonder.
But the businessman with the bloated PDA? Words and images float down his page and he seems to be engrossed in a story. His attention has barely wavered from the "page" before him, but what has him so caught up? Is it an international thriller with nuclear warfare at the center of the plot? Is it an historical fiction set in the American West, ravaged land for a ravaged people? Or is this perfectly coiffed man hiding his love for romance novels inside this electronic box?
Gone are the colorful covers advertising a writer's work. Gone are the blaring titles and large-print author's name.
Immediately one great form or marketing has disappeared.
What are you reading, Kindle customer? What are you buying, Nook reader? It is now your secret.