Digital reading, the business of books, writing

You can return bad Kindle books.

I never really considered before this past week whether or not it was possible to return Kindle books once they’ve been purchased and downloaded. It makes sense now, but until someone recently  informed me otherwise, I just assumed I couldn’t return them. I am grateful for that education.

While attempting to write 40,000 words and hitting a creative wall, I decided to do some research on the topic on which I was writing in the event that my entire project is an exercise in redundancy that someone else may have already done before, and better.

By the time I reached the 12% point in the book, I’d read what amounted to a long and windy bit of information unsuitable for anything other than a women’s study dissertation. Despite the gnawing feeling that I’d wasted a perfectly good 15 dollars, I forged on, despite wondering if my head would explode at one more sight of the words intersectionality, oppression, or patriarchy. By the time I reached 20%, I knew there was no point in reading further.

On the one hand, I was fairly certain that the book I was reading wasn’t in any way related to the book I am writing, which was good. On the other, I’d wasted my money, or so I thought. Thankfully someone informed me that Kindle books can be returned, refunded and removed from my device. I quickly returned the book, and bought another related one which I hope is in some way insightful. I also hope it doesn’t render my efforts redundant and unnecessary. I don’t think it will, as my particular take is unique and goes against the cultural grain, but we’ll see.

Consider this a PSA informing you in case you didn’t know, dear readers, that you’re not stuck with a bad book purchase just because you bought it on your Kindle device.

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3 thoughts on “You can return bad Kindle books.”

  1. I don’t know why it didn;t occur to me that I could just return it, as Amazon makes returning anything else relatively painless.

    I don’t usually return books I’ve bought but this one was so useless to what I got it for that i couldn’t help but send it back.

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  2. I’m like you I was surprised Amazon allows it. But I notice it’s not obvious how to do it…they aren’t encouraging it for sure.

    Between book reviews at Amazon, being able to borrow digital books from the library, text-to-speech for Kindle book, author blogs/podcasts books are definitely changing, I just can’t figure out what it looks like in 10 years. For non-fiction readers though, podcasts have changed my world. Here’s an example of information that was very hard to find (e.g. didn’t exist) a decade ago now handed out free: http://thedailylipid.libsyn.com/podcast/five-rules-for-a-healthy-diet-chris-masterjohn-lite-72

    Note it’s very very hard to get Kindle TTS to work on a smartphone outside of Talkback which really sucks; I can’t use it when I run. This is deliberate by Amazon. It’s a tech race of consumers vs Amazon but Amazon’s gonna lose over time.

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