One thing I’ve missed in switching from paper books to ebooks is the way I used to browse bookstores. I’m one of those people who pick a random book off the shelves of the SF section and read it to see if I like it, and that’s just not possible with most ebookstores.
Sure, most ebookstores have samples, but there is no element of randomness in choosing a sample and I miss that part. That is why I was thrilled today to read about a new ebook discovery site called No Names, No Jackets.
This site, which I heard about via Jane Litte of Dear Author, offers up random chapters of books and nothing else. You’re not offered the title, author, book cover, or blurb. You just get to read a chapter.
How cool is that?
You can either request a completely random chapter, or pick one from a specific genre, including Crime, Horror, SF, alt hist, and many more. There are only about 700 excerpts on the site so some of the categories are still rather thin, though I expect that will change. All the chapters were submitted by the authors or publishers, and at the end of each selection there is a link that leads to more information about the book.
This type of ebook browsing might not appeal to all readers, but I like it. It fits with how I used to browse for books, and that makes it an enjoyable change from the usual sales pitches that are often presented as suggestions for books I might buy.
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