Deal: Book Dash!

Guilty. The 15% credit means something, but not everything because it expires in 30 days. My love-hate relationship with Amazon, not just books, is really fucked-up. I’m gonna have to dig up another book from my wish list to make it worthwhile. And they are really good with this whole ebook credit thing over the past year. Well done, Bezos…

And so it was a great excuse to buy two books I’ve been shamelessly putting off, hoping it’ll go on sale some year down the decade. Here’s my loot (adding to my dangerously growing unread-but-purchased pile):

  • In Extremis by Lindsey Hilsum
  • Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Here’s🥂to great reads📚, courageous authors✒️, and a brilliant 2019 Reading Challenge!

Doggone it, Oasis.

This has been going on for two years now. Black Friday’s gone. Cyber Monday’s gone. Still, like I said, it’s on-going.

Thought bubble 1: I can’t read with this tiny, stupid little crack on my Paperwhite. 

Thought bubble 2: Sure you can. It’s only a small ass crack.

Thought bubble 3: Just get a new one. Check-out that Oasis, damn it’s so fine.

Thought bubble 4: Oh yeah, those buttons, especially. Mm-mmm

Thought bubble 5: Let’s go online. 

Thought bubble 6: OMG. It’s still $250. Seriously? I’m gonna have to pay $250 for a Kindle?

Thought bubble 7: Whatever happened to the Voyage? That was cheaper!

Thought bubble 8: Dammit. Didn’t you know? It’s always been $250, you dumbass.

Thought bubble 9: There are other brands, you know. Like that weird name. Tolino! Nook? Booze?

Thought bubble 10: FFS, just stick to the Kindle brand, please. You’re not young anymore.


Thought bubble 12: The Paperwhite’s working just fine. So is the other Kindle. So is the Fire. You don’t need an upgrade. Not now. $250 will turn into $150 some day. 

Thought bubble 13: Run along, guys. See you next week.

Thought  bubbles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12: See you next week.

Ads on Kindle

Came on here just to give my 2.1 cents worth on “ads” on Kindle.

Some soon-to-be Kindle newbie started a thread on a bookworm group asking the differences between Kindle’s “with special offers” option and the other which is “without special offers”.

Now, for those of you who don’t own a Kindle (or refuse to own one), here’s what it means:

“With special offers” means it comes with ads. The ads doens’t flash around like a drunk dancer, it just quietly uploads when it’s connected to the Internet and appears on the screen whenever you turn on the Kindle. It’s also located in a discreet bar once you’re at the homepage.

“Without special offers” means no ads. Well, you get the idea.

The comments varied, some for and the others against. Mostly are “for”, including yours truly. We agreed that the ads are non-invasive (non-intrusive, whichever), and that paying extra for no ads is simply an experience that’s not worth the penny.

I added that the ads are not that bad. If you think about it, while it’s an “ad”, it’s about a bloody book. It’s not Head & Shoulders, it’s not Make Up Forever. It’s not weed killers. It’s just a bloody, book.

If you think further, it’s actually about those very people who actually writes books for us to read, to devour, to criticize, to love, to hate. The ads allow them a chance (fair or unfair, I don’t know the innerworks of the dirty world of publishing) to be discovered. New writers, new series, debut novel, the whole shebang. It’s a book eat book(nerds) world. Why not?

So, here’s the question: What’s the big deal with ads on your bloody Kindle? Is it so much of a big deal that you can’t even tolerate a book advert on a book-friendly device? It’s like you walk into a bookshop but you insist on paying the shopkeeper to shield book promotions away from you so that you could browse in peace.


Amazon is smart (I’m not saying you are stupid for not seeing this) because it is Amazon. They recognize that some people are just, people. So they give these people the option to choose to go ad-free with the “without special offers” option.

But if you are smart, you’d know that by purchasing the “with special offers”, you will be presented with the option to pay a fee to remove ads completely.

But that’s if you’re smart. Wait. No. This is common sense. Not because you gotta be smart. Unless you were born yesterday.

The ads, remember, are about BOOKS. Not Ashley Madison, not teeth whitening, not Indiegogo, not weed killers (weed killers are badass).

Them “ads” they don’t just explode at your face while you are reading. This is not YouTube!