eLibraries and What They Say About Us

Yesterday afternoon I spent a few minutes transferring my personal elibrary onto the monastery’s newly acquired iPhone (the gift of a kind friend and benefactor who knew of the problems we had had with another variety of smartphone). Once upon a time, one could look through people’s bookshelves and learn a lot about their interests. Kindles and iPods and iPads have made the elibrary a much more private experience. Our own elibrary is made up entirely of titles in the public domain/available as free downloads, save for a copy of the Roman Breviary we use when travelling (Universalis); but because everything we have is held in common, there are some strange juxtapositions. The content of the elibrary is ever-changing as titles are added or deleted, but what can you tell from the following current list? What is your own list like? Care to share?

The Holy Bible (of course)
The Koran
The Aeneid (Latin)
Summa Theologica of St Thomas Aquinas
rather a lot of poetry, which is maddening to read  because the text isn’t properly formatted
Confessions of St Augustine (Pusey’s translation)
Newman’s Apologia
Rider Haggard: She
Dante’s Divine Comedy (English)
Stendhal: Le Rouge et le Noir
Bunyan: The Pilgrim’s Progress
Austen: the complete works
Thomas Browne: Religio Medici
Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of the Grotesque
Cicero: Treatises on Friendship
rather a lot of detective fiction . . .
Richard Forde: Handbook for Travellers in Spain
Borrow: The Bible in Spain
Chesterton: The Man who was Thursday

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