Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle was an ebook that I obtained from Standard Ebooks. It was beautifully formatted and a breeze to read. I remembered why it is the definition of the mystery genre. I definitely plan to read the whole collection this year.
What I Liked
This edition by Standard Ebooks was on for the Kindle and beautifully formatted. That made all the difference. I’ve owned the (surprisingly hard to find) Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes in two print volumes for a while. But – they are from the 1930s, in super small font, with awful typography, fragile paper pages and poor book binding. They are a pain to read…so I haven’t re-read them for 20 years. This Kindle Ebook edition changed that.
The stories are even better than I remember (and brought back memories of the best TV screen adaptation – the one with Jeremy Brett for Granada Television).
It’s a classic for a reason – there’s so much to love about this series. I love that it’s in the public domain with so many new adaptations, but there’s really nothing like the original.
What I Did Not Like
Sometimes it’s the packaging that makes “classic” books daunting, stuffy, and boring. There are plenty of stories that are timeless, but do need some modern re-packaging.