You know that super saving shipping thing they have on Amazon? Where if you order more than 25 bucks of stuff, you can get it shipped free? It gets me every time. So this morning I ordered a new mouse, which came to $19. With shipping it was almost $25. So, hell, I thought, let’s order something, get it over $25.
This turns out to be slightly more complicated than it appears. For one, you have to find items that are “eligible” (i.e., are shipped by Amazon), which cuts out a lot of possibilities. For another, being cheap is in my DNA. So I was bound and determined to come as close to $25 as possible. It took some clicking around, but I eventually settled on Reservation Blues, by Sherman Alexie, which goes for $7.75. Close enough.
This is a book I’ve wanted to read for so long that I forgot about it when it came to compiling my 2010 reading list. By rights it should have to wait until 2011, or at least until all the other books on the list are cleared, but owing to Amazon’s price structure, it skipped ahead. This is no comment on the quality of the books skipped.
It occurs to me that something similar happens when it is decided what books are published. Price structures ultimately outweighing considerations of literary quality.
Whatever. I have that wonderful singing feeling you get knowing good reading is ahead, and that will work for today. Actually, it has to last 5-9 days, which is how long it takes to get your stuff when you get it shipped for free.
I’m falling way behind in posting about books read. (Short version: Jayber Crow is worthy of Dickensian accolades; Anathem is a pretentious bore; and you should pick up The Common Bond right now.)