What’s Under Your Pillow?

woman reading book in bed

by Jaye Frances

A friend of mind recently confessed she sleeps with her e-reader under her pillow.  She told me it gives her a sense of comfort, knowing at any time during the night, with a few taps, she can instantly connect with the characters in one of her favorite steamy titles waiting on her kindle.

Maybe that’s not so unusual, I thought, until she added, “And I have to feel it in my hands just before I’m ready to fall asleep.” I was certain she was still taking about the e-reader, but there was just enough innuendo to make me wonder . . .

The idea of making a physical connection with the story—either by touching the paper or swiping the screen—had me thinking. I decided it might be interesting to explore the question of eBook versus paperback format, along with the premise that, in spite of their differences, one common characteristic continues to make them kissing cousins.

As friends, acquaintances, and readers opened up, there were as many responses preferring a printed book as an electronic reader. It became obvious more research would be required . . .

couple reading a book in bedOne reader explained she only reads paperbacks. “I have to smell the book, run my fingers along the paper, mark my favorite pages. And then, at night in bed, I’ll slip the book from my nightstand and read the sexy passages to my man, knowing I can quickly flip to my favorite parts to get things going.”

I found it curious how many commented on the pleasure they received from reading in bed, holding the story in their hands, whether an eBook or paperback, with or without a partner . . .

As I considered this interesting commonality, I thought back to my high school years, when we’d pass around a dog-eared paperback of the current racy novel. As the book changed hands, we’d skip to the pages with turned-down edges, because those were the only parts we wanted to read—the “dirty” parts. It didn’t matter if there was a hint of emotion or a compelling backstory. We didn’t care. We were fascinated by descriptions of people engaging in sex. Some things never change —thankfully.

With that teen-age memory, I began to make sense of our need to physically bond with the story. Regardless of our personal preferences—paperback, hardcover, or e-reader—we need to involve the tactile sense of our perception. When readers touch the screen of a Kindle or Nook, they turn the paper page in an alternative universe.

What conclusion did I come to? Since I received so many compelling reasons from both sides of the e-reader vs. paperback question, I decided all books in the World Without Love series would be available in both formats. I’ve also released paperback companions for all my previous books.

You’re welcome. Now jump into bed, and take your favorite book with you.

Until next time,


Jaye Frances author

jaye frances author writer