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This was a good interview and the article is a tough read.
I miss my Awl.
@happymisanthrope That's very kind of you and I don't want you to feel judged. But let me throw this out there in a non-dickish way: I don't pay US taxes (technically I do, but definitely not local property taxes that fund libraries). Wouldn't me borrowing someone's (or even getting one of my own) library card be far worse that me paying for books -- full price -- through Amazon? So many dilemmas in the Modern Life.
@happymisanthrope I just looked at Oyster today -- it's a lovely site. But I searched books on my Amazon wish list and only 1 or 2 were there (which was 1 or 2 more than Amazon Unlimited offered, but still)
I guess my commitment to anti-Amazonness is weaker than my commitment to reading what I want the second I want it. It is probably equivalent to my desire to download/learn/manipulate another app when I have one already that works every single time. As for a library, I have a hard time finding a state that will give me a driver's license.
Amazon bugs me but until there's an alternative that works just as well, I'll fight different battles.
I admit I am a slave. But I do still pay for books.
So, I live abroad in a country without public libraries. I return to the US twice a year and like to use my excess baggage allowance for staples like peanut butter, pork and booze. I will never need to make mash ups of books and can usually find classics for free, if I am so inclined. I read mostly non-fiction. Do you know the only place that has those books? Amazon (and not, I will point out, Amazon Unlimited. Or Oyster).
I can read about book on the Awl and own it in 30 seconds (as I did with the Metropolis Case). If Amazon unlimited expands its offerings beyond mass market crap I will subscribe to it in one hot second. Ebooks have changed my life.
This is really fine.
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