24 January 2011


Anywhere you read Sylvia Plath is a great place. One of the best new ways to read Sylvia Plath is on an electronic device. I am dedicated ardently to the printed book, but there are some times when electronic texts simply present themselves as a better alternative. How many times are you out at a coffee shop, on the train or bus, perhaps away from your books at party and the need to read Plath or look something up - a line, a phrase - comes upon you?

The Amazon Kindle is one such device that answers these problems. I neither own nor want to own the actual reader, but with the free Smart Phone app and a free Kindle for PC app, too, there is almost no need for the Kindle reader. I highly recommend downloading either the app for your phone or your PC and buying the eBooks that are available in your region or country. With full text search capability, it makes reading and finding a specific passage so much easier.

In the US, you have the ability to purchase the following books by or about Sylvia Plath for use on the Kindle:

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath edited by Karen V. Kukil;
The Cambridge Introduction to Sylvia Plath by Jo Gill;
Lover of Unreason: Assia Wevill, Sylvia Plath's Rival and Ted Hughes' Doomed Love by Eilat Negev and Yehuda Koren;
Sylvia Plath: A Literary Life, Second Edition by Linda Wagner-Martin; and
Rough Magic: A Biography of Sylvia Plath by Paul Alexander.

There is also Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill.

In the UK, you have a different and arguably better selection of titles available:

The Bell Jar;
Ariel: The Restored Edition
The Colossus;
Winter Trees;
Letters Home;
The Cambridge Introduction to Sylvia Plath by Jo Gill; and
Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill.

If you are like me and really, really would be interested in having more titles by Sylvia Plath available on your phones, PC’s, etc. you can let your opinion be known. On each books' page on Amazon.com you should see a link in a box beneath the cover image that reads “Tell the Publisher!” Click the link that reads “I’d like to read this book on Kindle”. Maybe it’ll work and we’ll get more titles! Here are some pages: The Bell Jar, Ariel: The Restored Edition, The Colossus, Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams, The Collected Poems, and Letters Home.

I don not think the Amazon.co.uk site has this option; at least I did not see it on a few titles I searched.

The phone app and PC client sync up, in that if you are reading on your phone it will remember where you were and then when you open it up on your HP laptop (like me) it will drop you where you left off!


magiciansgirl said...

I'd like to know what kind of parties you attend where you urgently need to read or look up Plath :-) I agree, by the way - I'm thinking of downloading the journals to my Ipod and lap top - plus, the books are generally cheaper! kim

Peter K Steinberg said...


I wish I was even invited to parties so that I'd have the chance to whip out my phone and get my Plath on. Alas...

It is an amazing tool/resource. The whole of the journals at your fingertips, completely search-able. Truly amazing. And pretty cheap, I think...


BeautyScholar said...

Peter! I thought you would be interested to know that The Bell Jar is now available in Kindle format from the US store, I got and email today and was very excited. The more e-plath we can get, the better!

Peter K Steinberg said...

BeautyScholar - can you please email the link as I cannot find it!

Thank you!

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