I noticed the following headline in today’s Time:
“Amazon’s New Grocery Service: For $299, You Never Have to Leave the House Again”
I like to stay home, but I also enjoy food shopping. I would not miss enduring a trip to a large super market, but I would miss visits to the variety of shops needed to prepare a proper meal: butcher, cheese shop, green grocer, bakery, etc. I like to ask about sources, freshness, and recommendations.
Today, I discovered a new shop: an Italian grocery store. Upon entering, I felt like I had been transported to a small country town in Italy. The owner, an Italian man and his Polish wife, did all the work. He recommended wines and let us sample; she manned the meat and cheese counter, where we also sampled before we bought. Shopping can be so much fun and a social event in such a place. For anyone interested in good food, Amazon cannot replicate such an experience. I’m sure everything would come wrapped in plastic...
I'm working on getting one of my books published in print form (Don't Fight Fate is already available as ebook). I am using Amazon's Createspace. Fortunately, I am not trying to feed my family with this labor.
After working for a considerable period of time on this bloody thing, I learned that each sale will earn me $1.55. That might sound like a lot, but Amazon will rake in $11.40 on each sale. And, they let me pay $25 to have the privilege of helping them make money off my labor. I can now relate to workers in China toiling away to make Apple products....
My first novel, Sister Sisteron, is now available as an ebook in the Amazon Kindle store. Everyone with a Kindle (or a computer with a Kindle reader) can now enjoy this great book (I like all my "children") at low, ebook prices.
Here are the links:
US Kindle Store: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0060MJVM0
UK Kindle Store: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0060MJVM0
German Kindle Store: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B0060MJVM0
As time permits, I will add my other books to the Kindle stores. It takes time to re-format, and I'm trying to finish the next great work of fiction....
I bought a Kindle.
I did not expect to ever write that sentence, much less do what it says I did.
That said, my reason was very self-serving. I want to (attempt to) sell my dodgy ebooks via Amazon. It takes a bit of reformatting to get it to work properly. Before I go live, I want to make sure that I have formatted correctly and that it is readable. I must convert the .doc file to something called Mobi, which is the Amazon ebook reader type. It seems that every device has its own proprietary software, so sharing is not possible. My mother taught me differently, but the world can be evil.
Of course, I must remove any snarky comments about Amazon from my blog. I do not expect that anyone in that huge organization will notice, but Big Brother has his ways! I will only say nice things about companies that make money from my labors...
NB. I will continue to buy real books, which have pages to turn. My new toy will quite useful for books from the Gutenberg Project (but I won’t tell Amazon about my treachery).
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.