My Kindle and I

Once upon a time… no.

There once was a book… no.

Oh, screw it. Let´s talk about my Kindle.

 

Kindles- The small hand held electronic device for reading books. Since it´s first release in 2007 the book world has never been the same.  Gone are the days of having to carry physical books around. I mean- what a pain in the ass that used to be, right? Pfft. Thank all that´s pink and fluffy we don´t have bricks in our purses anymore.

 

Kindles – A blessing for the book-loving community

 

It´s true- Kindles are a God-given gift. There are so many advantages of having a Kindle ( or any e-book reader ) that it would be insane not to have one. And depending on which generation you have ( there are 7 Kindle generations, so far ) you can either do more than just read or keep it simple!

Yeah, well… I have a Kindle. A Kindle Paperwhite 2 ( 2013 ). I remember being one of those people who refused to join the Kindle hype so I never had one until the ( back then ) new Paperwhite was released. What had me sold was the promise of being able to read in broad daylight and that the screen felt like paper.

I even sold my Asus Nexus 7 tablet because I really REALLY wanted the Kindle Paperwhite. Not that my Nexus was terrible. It wasn´t. I think ( correct me if I´m wrong ) the Nexus 7 was one of the best tablets on the market back in 2013. It was okay but I´m not much of a tablet user so I had no need for it.

 

 

But the Paperwhite? Gurl, those features!

 

So, where were we? Aah, yes. Kindles. Fast forward 6 years – Judging by the number of books I have on my kindle ( 149 e-books ) I can say that I haven´t had much use of it. The damn thing is barely touched!

As it is with everything else in life – There´s a reason for my 149 e-books…

 

I don´t like e-books. I dislike my Kindle Paperwhite even more.

 

Blasphemy! How does one not like being able to carry around a mini library? Think of e-book prices! Think of how easy authors can send ARCs! And what about the 1-click feature?!

Yes yes. But all those advantages are worthless when this happens.

 

Kindle charging
My enemy

 

 

I need to charge my Kindle. While this is a first-world issue it´s still something that bothers me. Having to charge a device in order to read. So, ANOTHER thing I need to hook up with a cable.  * sigh *

This isn´t all, though. What aggravates me the most is when my Kindle notifies me that I don´t have much time left to read.

 

Kindle battery
It´s dying.

 

 

Your battery is running low…  * sigh * This gives me exactly 20 more minutes to read then its lights out for whatever book I´m invested in. This, for me, isn´t life quality.

 

I know this is all my fault. If I were a little more enthusiastic about e-books and/or my Kindle Paperwhite I´d probably treat this whole matter with a little more care. Perhaps thinking about plugging the damn thing in would help? Pfft.

Even if Kindles ( e-book readers ) are great I can´t seem to see the beauty in ´em.

E-books might be a great alternative for physical books but they´re not practical for me. If I want to read I´ll take a book out of my bookshelf or go to my local bookshop. Or, I´ll order one online. I´m a patient woman. I can wait until bookmail arrives. ARCs aren´t an issue for me because I don´t accept them anymore. And the 1-click? That, for me, is a great way to lose a full overview of my finances. 8.99 Euros here, 5.99 Euros there. Before I know it I can´t buy groceries for the next 15 days.

Also, what I´ve come to learn is how fast e-books land on my TBR list. It´s a trap. Because e-book prices are often lower you just pile on, thinking you´ll read that book… eventually. This hardly happens because some of us like to get distracted by shiny objects ( other books ).

And then charging the Kindle. Yes, I´m not a fan. I´ve spent years forcing myself to pick up my Kindle and read one of the many unread treasures only to realize my battery is it a sleazy 18%. I don´t have to charge a physical book.

I think, for me, being able to carry a mini library around is great but not practical. When I´m out and about I don´t read. When I´m on vacation I tend to buy physical books and see those as vacation souvenirs. “I got this book while I was in… ” They´re memories as well as entertainment.

And last but not least- The fab features? * sigh * They´re not so fab. Sure, I can read out in the sun but I can do that with a book, too.

So, yeah. My Kindle and I… We have a rather restricted relationship. It´s there. It collects dust. It pisses me off sometimes. It hates me. I hate it. That´s about it.

The only (!!!) thing I absolutely LOVE about Kindles: They don´t take up any space at all.

 

 

There ya have it. My My Kindle And I story.


 

What about you? Are you pro e-book reader or against e-book readers? Which Kindle generation do you have? Do you have more e-books or more physical books? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to know your thoughts. ❤


 

That´s it for today, folks. Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed.

Many warm bookish hugs,

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A Tale Of Too Many Bookworm Boxes

I´m a huge Colleen Hoover fan. Maybe not THE greatest, most passionate fan in the entire world but I do love the authors books. I´ve been a fan for years and never missed out on anything the author has published.

It was late 2016 when I first noticed The Bookworm Box. A few people I knew were posting pictures of cute little purple boxes filled with all sorts of book related goodies and 2 random signed paperbacks, and that got me curious. I decided to get in touch with a few people and ask what all the fuss was about.

„It´s SO cool!“ One friend said.

„I love the Bookworm Box. And the proceeds for each box go to charity!“ Another friend said.

Now, that got me interested.

So, not only was a person going to receive 2 signed paperback books with lots of swag, the money spent for a box goes to charity? COOL! I loved the idea but still needed more info before purchasing a box.

To make a long story short – I checked the Bookworm Box homepage out. I went through every category like a crackwhore just to see what the catch was, because…. the Bookworm Box sounded too good to be true. I studied the whole website. Turned it inside and out.

How does it work?

Well, it´s really simple. For a certain amount of money you receive a monthly box subscription that includes 2 signed books and swag ( bookmarks, magnets, postcards…. anything that is book related ). The fee you pay per box goes to a chosen charity. 100% of the profit after overhead costs will be donated to different charities each month.

Easy, right?

But there is a catch. A minor one. The signed books you pay for are a surprise. You have no power over which book you´ll receive when you purchase a Bookworm box. I never thought of that as a problem because I did have faith that the owner of the Bookworm Box, author Colleen Hoover, wouldn´t send out just any type of book, right?

Needless to say- I found nothing fishy or dubious about the Bookworm Box. I was getting signed copies, plus I was discovering new authors… AND at the same time, I was giving to charity. BOOM! A win / win situation.

Now,  Bookworm boxes for us folks across the pond are a little more expensive. In the end, I paid around 50-60 Euros for my first Bookworm Box. That´s not really a great deal, considering the fact that I can get roughly 4-6 books from that kind of money. But hey….. We´re talking about the Bookworm Box, here. Good deeds. Great reads!

I dove head first into the system with blind trust, fully aware that I was paying alot of money for a cute purple box filled with book goodies.

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The first order went smooth. It took exactly 1 month for my box to arrive and when it did, I was one happy camper. Mine! ALL MINE!

And because I was satisfied I continued my subscription for the following month.

Although I was in love with the Bookworm Box I had to skip a few boxes because not even I can afford to pay 50-60 Euros every month for 2 signed paperback books.

Everything went well and I stayed a happy fan until one day a box I skipped arrived.

Hmm. Okay. Fine. Maybe there was a misunderstanding on my part. Maybe I accidentally clicked the wrong button and didn´t really skip a box. Stuff like that can happen although I´m usually super careful with online stuff ( you can NEVER be to careful, am I right?). I waved the situation off and accepted the box, knowing I was going to be billed for the box I received. That same day I logged into my Bookworm Box account and checked if I actually skipped the box and I did. So why did the mailman deliver one? Who knows. Again, I clicked the skip button because…. I was sort of broke and couldn´t afford the following box.

A month later….

The mailman delivered 3 Bookworm Boxes. 3 (!!!) pretty purple book goodie packages on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. My first thought was:

  • The people over in Texas must find me special enough to sent me 3 Bookworm boxes
  • I won 3 boxes
  • Someone messed up
  • The internet was broken

One thing was for sure- I skipped that months box. There was no way I ordered those three. In the websites FAQs it´s stated that if you order more than one box then they cannot guarantee different books in those boxes. Meaning- you can get doubles and triple copies. Knowing that, why would I go out of my way and order more than 1 box if there´s a chance that I´ll receive more than 1 copy of the same book? Plus pay for that willingly? Speaking of paying…. I was billed for 3 boxes. Boxes I didn´t ask for because I hit the `skip` button.

I´m a stay at home mother. That means I have no income because I don´t work. I have 2 kids, a husband and we all live in a house that is under construction work since God know´s when. I´m not someone who complains much because life is what it is- not always easy. We´re not wealthy enough to throw money out the window but we´re not close to being poor, either. I can manage treating myself once in a while without living off of toast and butter for 2 weeks until pay-day.

I cannot buy 3 Bookworm boxes and sleep well at night. 3 boxes would be around 165 Euros for me. Can you imagine what my face looked like when the mailman delivered those packages? I was in tears because I was billed. That´s when I contacted the Bookworm Box. They needed to know that something wasn´t right. Customer service is a treat. The woman I exchanged emails with was a lovely, considerate person and after our brief exchange I was convinced that the problem was solved. I mean- we´re all only human, right? Mistakes can be made. But I was still billed.

A month later…..

3 (!!!) more boxes. I was in tears and ready to set my laptop on fire. That day my husband came home and we had a huge argument over my supposedly Bookworm Box addiction. In hindsight, I can´t blame him for his reaction. He saw 6 books, double, triple copies and thought I had lost it completely. To be honest- I thought I had lost it because I thought the problem had been taken care of. I was billed again.

I contacted the nice folks at the Bookworm Box once again and I was told that I had 3 accounts with each a subscription. I knew that wasn´t possible. I remembered signing in once. Because once is enough. After a long exchange I was promised the boxes wouldn´t be billed and that the 3 accounts would be deleted right away. I even got an apology, but that wasn´t any help because..I was billed anyways.

A few days later… 1 single box arrived. More tears were shed. I fired up my laptop and wrote another email, explaining that I got another box despite the fact that my account (s) has been deleted. I was freaking out. Why? Because by that time my credit card company froze my credit card because I reached my credit limit. One look at my online credit info had me in more tears. There I saw many many Bookworm boxes.

„Pay it forward.“ Was what the nice lady said. That´s a tough act for me to pull off because I live in Europe. No one from my inner / outer circle reads english novels. And doing a giveaway would involve more money from my side. Shipping costs can be a bitch. There was no way to pass the multiple books to someone else without having to pay.

You´re probably wondering about refunds, right?

Well, I was promised a refund for the boxes I received at the time but haven´t really gotten a refund.

That is scary stuff because I´ve never in my entire life reached my credit limit. I´ve never spent so much money on books before. Knowing you´re being billed is one thing. But seeing it with your own eyes will take you to a whole other level of “What the fuck am I going to do!”

In the end, I paid a stupidly, outrageous amount of money for books and swag. Money I don´t have and would never spend on surprise boxes, not even for the cute purple Bookworm boxes. Not even if it´s for a good cause. That´s a month worth of groceries for a 4 p. household. I could also get a complete outfits for my girls including gifts for each.

My point is- the money I unwillingly spent could have been used more productively. Not even the fact that my money went to charity can make me feel better because… Right now? With my bill? I don´t give a hoot about chartity.

Bottom line:

The Bookworm Box isn´t evil. The people at the Bookworm Box aren´t evil. But I do believe their system needs a little over looking and a good polish. Situations like mine shouldn´t happen.

Despite me being temporarily in a financial mess I still am a fan of the author and the Bookworm Box. I think it´s a great idea and will continue to support their cause, if only silently. I´m just going to stay far far away from them, from now on. I´ll admire all the good these people do from afar and hope to God I never receive another package again.

I want to end this on a good note without destroying anyone. I have no wish to purposely ruin anyone´s reputation, either. I just wanted to share my experience with The Bookworm Box, even if it wasn´t as great as I had hoped it would be.

All the best to the people at The Bookworm Box.