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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Ros
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 06:22:25

    Well, I might need to stock up on tea…

    And that is great news about VAT.

  2. Heather Massey
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 06:47:37

    Thanks for the shout out! When you and Sarah discussed the concept in your 9/25 podcast, it made the proverbial light bulb go off in my head. I appreciate the inspiration very much!

  3. batgrl
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 07:32:07

    Darnit, I drink PG Tips but I’m in the US. If I was in the UK I would be really tempted by that sale.

  4. Amanda
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 08:11:54

    As I use Amazon mainly for Kindle eBooks the Prime membership still is not worth it. Last time I checked the lending library selection did not have many books I wanted to read and even if they did you only got one a month. If they want to push their Prime membership so much maybe they could give Kindle users more perks.

  5. Anne V
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 08:16:32

    @batgrl – amazon is having 10% coupon on pgtips right now. I am not the tea drinker (or buyer) in my household, so I can’t tell you if that translates to actual savings. The tea cupboard is pretty full though.

  6. KatieF
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 08:18:07

    @Amanda: I originally got Amazon Prime just for the free shipping but have been really happy with the streaming video content you get as part of the program.

  7. Kate Hewitt
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 08:21:57

    Amazon UK has free shipping on many/most items with no purchase minimum. I don’t know why it’s different from Amazon US.

  8. Jane
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 08:23:10

    @Kate Hewitt: My guess is because the US is huge and shipping across the country is a pretty big endeavor.

  9. Willa
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 08:56:33

    @Kate Hewitt:

    Amazon UK altered their free shipping policy a few weeks back.

    Orders that include books, DVDs, Blu-rays, music, video games and software products qualify for Free Super Saver Delivery with no minimum spend threshold. For all other products, a minimum total spend of £10 is required.

  10. donna ann
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 09:31:06

    was debating about placing an order at amazon for some upcoming releases, guess not now as I was having trouble making it to $25 for free shipping, $35 is too much & prime isn’t worth the price to me. Guess I’ll be going to b&n more often for physical books.

  11. Karenmc
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 10:03:19

    Prime works great for me, both for ordering and for the huge selection of streaming media (and the $79 per year is cheaper than a monthly Netflix streaming charge). If I had any spare reading time, I’d also be taking advantage of the Prime ebook lending feature (I wonder if any Turow books are in the library…oh, never mind).

  12. AH@badassbookreviews
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 10:46:36

    I think that the postal service in the UK might be more subsidized?

  13. Jane
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 10:48:46

    @AH@badassbookreviews: Maybe but it could just be logistics. Delivering to one land mass compared to the other is just huge. If your country is the size of say, Indiana, then delivery isn’t going to be a big cost:

  14. Anne
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 10:49:35

    Amazon Prime has turned out to be totally worth it for me. I was surprised to find out how much I like it and I wouldn’t freak out if they raised the annual price another $10 or so.

    The best thing for me is that I have seven siblings and that means lots of nieces and nephews. I can have Amazon ship gifts directly to them. The parents seem totally fine with how I’m doing it. It saves me shopping time, wrapping the gift and then shipping it to on to the kid.

    I’ve done the KOLL since it started though I often find getting through my TBR list slows down the borrowing.

    Streaming has turned out to be a bigger deal for me than I even thought. Once I gave it a try, I was hooked on how great it worked. My watchlist is starting to resemble my TBR list.

    Not in the EU but I think that is great news about VAT. I could never understand why digital was somehow different than print for tax purposes.

  15. Darlynne
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 11:02:02

    Amazon Prime has more than paid for itself, just in shipping advantages alone. Convenience, convenience, convenience.

    Books are considered to be an essential contribution to society … hence the favorable VAT rating. *sigh* We’re too busy banning them here to think along those lines. Plus, some local counties are looking at taxing food at grocery stores, because, of course; why would we think food is essential?

  16. Jody
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 11:11:03

    Wouldn’t it be cool somebody in the US would offer a free pack of PG Tips with the purchase of two ebooks?

  17. SusanS
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 12:18:00

    I don’t know if this is the right place to post this (or if it’s even appropriate) but I just loved this post today on All About Romance entitled “The Beginner’s Guide to Writing New Adult” by Jenna Harper.

  18. nasanta
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 12:24:18

    Disappointed to hear about Amazon. Prime isn’t worth it to me since I don’t shop that frequently, I have enough e-books/books to last me a lifetime, and I rarely watch movies (my sisters use my Netflix subscription more than I do). Guess my infrequent shopping at Amazon is going to become more infrequent since I have difficulty getting even $25 let alone $35.

  19. Bamaclm
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 13:56:54

    I find as I age I get more stuff from Amazon. I never liked shopping; now I can do it from the convenience of my home. I get printer ink, books for my sons, gifts for friends and their children and lots more that I can’t think of right now.

    Every year my Prime more than pays for itself. It’s gotten to where I can’t stand the thought of shipping charges. :-) (And I question the math used for some of those charges.)

  20. Susan
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 15:13:59

    Prime is a bargain for me. I don’t have the time/inclination to shop around for stuff anymore, especially if multiple stores might be involved. And with the 2-day shipping (or faster) I can usually get things delivered quicker than if I shopped in stores. All told, it’s easier on my wallet, my body, my car, my schedule, etc.

    Since I don’t own a tv, the video streaming is great for me, too. (I’ve never borrowed an ebook, so I can’t speak for that.)

  21. txvoodoo
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 15:35:51

    @Bamaclm I’m with you. Add in that I can’t get my shampoo locally, or my hand cream, or my anti-chafe, and I live in a major metroplex! Between Prime & Subscribe and Save, so many things are a lot easier and cheaper.

    Heck, I get my bras and slippers cheaper on Amazon, and I can’t get my slippers locally anymore. Printer ink is ridiculously cheaper.

    And I adore streaming video! Especially since I got a Roku.

  22. MaryK
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 15:45:41

    Dog food delivered to your door.

  23. Cindy
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 15:49:34

    Granted I picked up my prime membership this year at student discount, I think I will need to renew at regular price. Things are so tricky to find around here and I don’t drive, so going store to store is a pain when going with a friend. I was just looking for a dust pan that didn’t require me being a contortionist to use (apparently the long handled ones are a thing of the past). Found one on a local retailer site (but only available online), .11 higher than Amazon and over $5 for shipping! For a dust pan! I said “Oh. No. No, no, no…prime at Amazon.”

  24. farmwifetwo
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 15:58:46

    Chapters tried it a couple of yrs ago. It only lasted about 6 mths.

  25. AH@badassbookreviews
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 18:09:34

    Chapters could never offer something like Prime – shipping in (and out) of Canada is ridiculously expensive.

  26. Kaetrin
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 19:03:43

    Amazon UK trialled a deal where they delivered free books/CDs/DVDs to Australia if the minimum order was 25GPB. We spent so much money because it made the products really cost effective. The postage is the killer. But obviously it cost too much because they stopped the trial. (and I stopped buying from Amazon UK – too pricey).

  27. Eliza Evans
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 21:30:17

    I’m a huge fan of Prime. I renew it every year as my birthday gift to myself. I can get many different gluten free items there that I can’t find in Chicagoland. For example, I have a hard time finding certified gluten free cornmeal locally and the other day I got four 24 ounce packages for around $10.

    I mostly read ebooks, now, so the only paper books I tend to buy are for my toddler nephew. It’s easy to send him little surprises in Florida when all I have to do is click a button, versus packing something up and making it to the post office. (My post office is literally two minutes from my house. Prime is still easier.) (Or maybe I’m just lazy.)

  28. Liz
    Oct 25, 2013 @ 08:59:49

    I am Amazon Prime member. I was with Netflix but Prime is cheaper and also has the free shipping and KOLL. The value is much better to my mind. I find myself purchasing more now through Amazon saving time and money.

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