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text 2014-11-19 23:39
I Must Beware the Season of Online Sales - Well, Today There Was Just One...
The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime that Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars - Paul Collins

I use this online price tracker that emails me when there are Amazon sales on ebooks I want. This may seem terribly handy, especially since I can set it to only tell me when there are books that are selling for especially low prices, like $2. Or so I thought years ago when I started using it.

 

Since then I've learned that sales at Amazon are not always like in bricks and mortar stores, where you had a vague idea about when sales would occur. Oh sure, it's still the major holidays, but it's also long before them and then sometimes a month after them, and suddenly there will be a LOT of emails with "hey there's this thing you want that's on sale, never mind that you just bought X amount of ebooks just yesterday!" Often it won't be just a few ebooks I've been wanting, but masses of them. And then suddenly more later in the week.Then I have to practice some restraint. Or try to.

 

So I gave in and bought Murder of the Century today - because I could not resist:

 

1) $2 price - again, the Amazon US store price, sorry everyone out of the US. (Someday I look forward to not having prices vary so much by region and we can reminisce about this as a past annoyance. Meanwhile check local ebook sellers, just in case there's any price matching.)

 

2) It's media related and I have a thing for journalism history - this deals with the US newspaper press/tabloids of the 1890s. (Yellow Journalism era.)

 

3) It's true crime. From the blurb on the Amazon page:

"On Long Island, a farmer finds a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discover a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumble upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime are turning up all over New York, but the police are baffled: There are no witnesses, no motives, no suspects."

 

4) And I've had it on my wish list since 2012, so yup, this one I bought without even the part where I pretend to pause and assess whether I really want it or not.

 

And thus endeth today's purchase saga.

 

Now I'm wondering if this is the warning shot before the sales blast in. At least it's reminding me that I need to sit down and ponder book presents for Christmas - I'll have to write another post about that because I need to get some genre buying ideas.

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text 2014-08-10 01:17
I Am SO Not Allowed in The Thrift Shop Again...
Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation 1940-1944 - Charles Glass
The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld - Christine Wiltz

I have a relative that volunteers at a thrift shop. I could not do that myself because I would end up bringing home more things than I'd ever need. I'd go into Happy Magpie Mode and think "I can use that!" and "ooo shiny!" and "Unloved orphan books! Must rescue!"

 

Today we had to pick up said relative and give her a lift home - and I thought it couldn't hurt to just peek at a shelf or two. (Yes, you should hear a warning alarm at that sentence.) Of course that was where I'd picked up the book First Gentleman of the Bedchamber for $1 - which I only just now realize I've not remembered to write a review for - yeesh. I really need to sit down next week and do some writing. My problem is that I always want to spend more time reading my current book than summing up one that I've finished.

 

Anyway. I thought I'd be safe in nonfiction - there were only three shelves - but no. Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation was $1.50 and The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld was 50 cents. Could NOT resist. Why did I stop at just two? Time! The shop was about to close! Which was probably a good thing. Relative was rolling her eyes because I am notorious for having so many books. Which yes, I do! One of the other volunteers said she was the same way with shoes. Everyone does have That One Thing that is so hard to resist when you bump into it in a shop, right? But still, next time I must make sure not to drift into that corner of the shop. Way too dangerous. At least it was inexpensive dangerousness.

 

Meanwhile no one can see the virtual shelves of my ebooks, so they'll never know how large a room it'd take to hold all of them! And I do not need to dust.

 

I had another "keep me away from the store" moment online earlier - buying a gift book and instead managed to email it to myself. Facepalm. Auto-fill and lack of caffeine were not my friends. (Thankfully it was fixed. Yay, ebook presents.)

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