walkitout (walkitout) wrote,
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Why would anyone even think about doing _that_?

http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2011/1103/Amazon-s-Kindle-Owner-s-Lending-Library-is-a-good-deal-for-Amazon-that-is

As near as I can tell, the author is suggesting that you should not get Amazon Prime and/or a kindle _device_ (as opposed to a free app for a computer or mobile device) primarily for the purpose of taking advantage of the kindle owner's lending library.

Words fail. Okay, this is me. I have a few anyway.

I got Amazon Prime because I was spending more than the annual fee in a lot less than 12 months on shipping anyway (not _everything_ was available via Super Saver and besides, I'm just not that patient). On some very basic level, I feel like getting Prime for any reason other than that is silly. On the other hand, I buy a lot fewer p-books from Amazon compared to when I started Prime. At this point, Prime is self-justifying because it has caused me to switch from purchasing in person and/or on some other site to purchasing from Amazon, unless it's _really_ not available (or a substitute) from Amazon. Research suggests Prime does this to everyone (straight talk version: Prime is addictive). This is probably a solid argument for not getting Prime, for any reason whatsoever; it's classic distortion of what you would otherwise do, to a specific party's benefit (straight talk version: that would be to the _dealer's_ benefit. Junkie feels like it benefits her, but that's arguable).

Should you get Prime? Probably not. But if you should get Prime, fuck _no_ you shouldn't get it so you can borrow books through the kindle owner's lending library. Should you buy a kindle e-ink reader or a kfire? Heck if I know. But you should _definitely_ not buy one primarily to borrow books through the kindle owner's lending library.

Who would even _think_ of that? Altho the fact that people who think that way even exist is a testament to why Bezos and Amazon's marketing department are way, way better at this than I could even conceive of becoming.
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