I took the plunge today and purchased a few titles from eReader.com to test out my iPod touch as an ebook reader.  I’m hoping that in a small way the touch might help me out in reducing the number of physical books I own.

As a sample I purchased the January and February issues of Asimov’s Science Fiction as well as the January – Febrauary 2009 edition of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.  It’s been a while since I’ve picked up either of these titles at my local newsagent so I thought they would be good titles to test out the device.

Asimov's Science Fiction January 2009 Asimov's Science Fiction February 2009 Analog Science Fiction and Fact, January / February 2009

Also, in keeping with my 100 Books… project, I purchased a copy of the first book in the Christian Jacq ‘Ramses’ series, The Son of the Light.

Son of the Light

If your already an iPhone or iPod touch owner you may have noticed a plethora of ebook applications (including those only including stand alone titles) in the App Store.  Over the coming weeks I’ll be testing a few of these out.

In order to read these titles on the iPhone you need to download a copy of the free eReader application.  Once downloaded they can only be viewed with this reader – either on the iPhone itself or on your computer of choice.

Downloading the titles to your iPhone can be done directly through the application…or you can purchase titles while browsing on your computer and download them directly from your iPhone at a later time.

The ‘Ramses’ series by Christian Jacq holds a special place in my collection, as much for the memories I have of hunting down each release, as it is the fact that I found each of the volumes such an enjoyable read.

At the time this series was released I was living in a rural city in South Australia and had to place special orders for anything I wanted that wasn’t considered mainstream stock for a bookstore / newsagency in such an area – think of a city full of heavy industry and mining and you’ll understand. The ‘Ramses’ series fell into that category. I still remember going from bookshop to bookshop on my infrequent visits to Adelaide to see if they had the next volume in stock.

I will admit that I was fussy about it all, as I would only buy the trade paperback edition of each title…I had to keep the series a matching set after all.

The Son of Light The Temple of a Million Years The Battle of Kadesh The Lady of Abu Simbel Under the Western Acacia

Over 5 volumes Christian Jacq tells the story of the life of Ramses II, starting from the age of 14 in the first novel and moving onwards into and through his 60 year reign as Pharaoh of Egypt in the following releases.

For me, knowing that Christian Jacq is a leading French Archaeologist brought a level of legitimacy to the storyline despite the fact that I knew I was reading a work of fiction…overall, I would say there was a lot more historical detail included in the story than I initially expected.

As I had an attraction to historical fiction and the history of ancient Eqypt prior to reading this series of novels, it is perhaps not surprising that I found them so enjoyable. I now consider this series as one of my favorites and therefore have included it as an addition into my ‘100 Books…’ list.

There are now 5 multi-volume historical series set in Ancient Egypt authored by Christian Jacq…all of which I will add to the site over the coming weeks.

You can access my ‘100 Books…’ list by clicking on the tab at the top right of the page or by clicking here.