I Spy A Spy

When I bought my Kindle last year as a birthday present for myself I figured it would encourage me to start reading more as the majority of the books I now buy are from the Folio Society. Now, while Folio Society books are beautifully presented they are not commuter friendly given they are usually heavy and quite frankly, too nice to be abused by London Transport.

The problem I have found with the Kindle offerings however is the cost; very often Amazon sell the Kindle version for more than the paperback version with the difference being anything from a  few pence to a few pounds and as a result I’m finding myself buying more paperbacks than I did before; not quite how I had envisaged things working out!

One of the books I’m currently reading is John Le Carré’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. I vaguely recall as a child the TV show with Alec Guinness but needless to say as a 8 year old it all seemed a bit dull as I don’t recall any action and so it was banished from my mind until a few weeks ago when I read an article on Mr Le Carré and before I knew it I had bought Tinker, Tailor… for the Kindle and it’s not bad, tho I find myself having to re-read bits as my concentration is shoddy, that and I’m reading 2 other books so my brain is merging all three together and getting royally confused.

I thought I would make it a bit easier on myself by getting the audio version of the book from Audible, the theory being I could read it on my Kindle while I listened to it. Sadly the Kindle can do one or the other, when I have it on the Audible version I can’t read it…colour me pissed off by technology that doesn’t really make life easier! Despite these annoyances, I still like my Kindle.

I’m also reading Jeffrey Deaver’s second book in the Lincoln Rhyme series. I gather the first book, The Bone Collector, was made into a film starring Angelina Jolie, this I find sad because my vision of the character she plays does not look anything like Ms Jolie, who if I’m honest I don’t really find all that attractive, sure she’s not ugly but she doesn’t really do much for me, I’m sure she’d say the same if asked about me. So far the books have been very enjoyable reads but when buying them it did highlight another ‘quirk’ with Amazon’s pricing.

As before, I looked for the Kindle version and found that each book was at least £1 more expensive than the paperback edition and as I wasn’t sure if I was going to re-read them I decided to opt for buying from the used section and getting rid of them via Book Crossing. As I have the Amazon Prime membership I sorted the list by those that are shipped directly from Amazon and was quite amazed at how cheap things worked out. In total the first 5 books cost me £8.38 and the quality of the books are very good, some could very well pass as brand new. It did make me wonder what profit is there for the book seller tho as they have to send their stock to Amazon and presumably hand over a percentage of the sale but when the sale is £1.73, what profit is left?


  1. If you wnat to borrow any Lincoln Rhyme books, I have about 9 here I think that a friend sent me from Scotland, as I’d said I’d enjoyed The Bone Collector (film) and hadn’t realised it was from the series of books!

  2. Ahh, I may take you up on that if/when I ever get through the 5 I have. Given I’ve bought about 6 more books in the last 2 weeks goodness knows when that is going to be…must learn to finish one book before starting another!

  3. I can never read more than one book at a time, generally!

    I’ll have to grab them all and work out which ones I’ve got (probably all the same ones as you’ve got!)

    I MAY have given some to the charity shop and forgotten…but I WILL check :)

  4. I’m not sure why I try reading multiple books as I usually end up abandoning all of them half-way through. Lately my concentration has been so poor that I can read a page, turn it over and find myself asking, “What did I just read?” Frustrating as hell :/

  5. Mickey P.

    For the life of me, I cannot see the point of a Kindle… That’s what God invented paperbacks for? It’s bad enough that the ipod has left the music business in a throwaway state. Download, listen through tinny speakers until you’re bored then delete. Justin Who?

    Now, authors are destined for the same fate. Will there be any hard copy in the future. Memorabilia, collectible print, pop art packaging, cheesecake, etc.

    Should I decide to buy (God forbid) the latest Justin Bieber release from itunes I will get a tiny graphic that, given a magnifying glass, I might just make out the text and some fuzzy features. Great when I delete it coz there’s no rubbish to dispose of but how an earth would his fans know what he looks like.

    I take it your Kindle book collection equals one or can you store your purchase somewhere. Do you get a bookcover with it. I certainly would not take something so expensive on the underground. They can steal my paperback, I’ll buy another (2nd hand). ;-)

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