September 27, 2013

Guilty Secrets - what are you really reading?

Is Fifty Shades of Grey the most embarrassing book on your Kindle?

Everyone reads books on a Kindle that they wouldn’t be seen dead with if other people could see the cover! A new survey of over 2000 people, commissioned by the RNIB, has revealed that at least quarter of ebook readers admitted to having some guilty pleasures on a Kindle or similar device.

35 per cent of people said they would normally feel too embarrassed to read erotic fiction in public, yet it’s the most common genre of choice! Romantic novels like Mills and Boon were next at 32 per cent, with men the most likely to be coy about reading them! Men were generally more sensitive than women about being caught reading the wrong book in every category except erotic fiction and true crime.

It’s interesting that only nine per cent of people felt silly to be caught reading a children’s book in public. Having said that, the Harry Potter books were level pegging with ‘anything by Jeffrey Archer’ in the list of guilty reads. The top most embarrassing book to be seen with was Fifty Shades of Grey, which was cited by one in seven people.

It seems ironic that just 11 per cent of people said they judged others on the book they are reading. Talk about ‘not judging a book by its cover’!

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