Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Amazon Primed

I am very impressed with Amazon Prime and have signed up for their month's free trial.

I decided to start preparing for a new project and so needed some rather obscure books in a hurry. I ordered them at 3.17 pm yesterday and they arrived at 11.00 am this morning.

This is not good for bookshops. I doubt any local shop would have stocked the books, and they would not have delivered them to my door.

Presumably, on Kindle or a Sony reader, it could be quicker still - downloaded almost instantaneously as soon as I wanted it. I still like the feel of a book in my hand though. I'm old-fashioned that way.

On page 279. Slow.


Anonymous Mary said...

I'm old-fashioned, too. I love books in their traditional form, with covers and pages and ink.

Thu Dec 04, 12:55:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I decided to start preparing for a new project […]
As a rule, do you write every day? Do you set apart a special period for your writing (like early morning or late night)? Do you follow any rule at all? May I ask how you cope with interruptions?

Thu Dec 04, 09:08:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Yes, Gilles, I write every day all day except when I have to do something else. I am afraid I have no set rules - as soon as I manage to force myself out of bed I am at work at my desk, but my most productive time is in the middle of the night. There is no organisation at all. I love it but it is very hard work (and soul-destroying most of the time because so little comes of it!).

Mary - I think we may soon be an extinct species.

Thu Dec 04, 10:05:00 am  
Blogger jem said...

I can never sign up to Amazon Prime, otherwise my spending will get utterly out of hand. Sometimes knowing that I'll have to wait a few days is the only thing that stops me buying a book, because by the time it arrives I might be onto something else.

I'm so glad to hear you are flying the flag for old fashioned paper books, I'd hate to see them go the way of vinyl and cassettes for music. They are the essence of what reading is about for me.

Thu Dec 04, 01:27:00 pm  
Blogger pierre l said...

I'm definitely for the proper printed books on paper.

Thu Dec 04, 09:16:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

([…] because so little comes of it!)
You are a published author, what more can you ask? (I'm joking.)

Fri Dec 05, 02:24:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Good point, Jem! It's rare that I find I need a new book quickly, and I suppose the fact that there is normally an Amazon 'cooling off period' :-) is of benefit to hopeless addicts like ourselves.

Glad to hear it, Pierre!

Gilles: Ah, it is a long and tragic tale - which I shall not divulge just here for fear it makes me sound like a right old whingebag!

Fri Dec 05, 08:19:00 am  

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