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You Can Now Text Your Orders to Amazon

Amazon makes it so easy to buy things. According to a new press release, Amazon TextBuyIt program was released on Tuesday. It’s not as easy as texting. The whole process includes a few back and forth between you and Amazon:

  • You text the product name, description, UPC or ISBN to Amazon (262966) to order your product.
  • You then enter your email address associated with your Amazon account and your zip code.
  • You get called by a fulfillment system and an automated service helps you complete the order.

So, you can be in the local Barnes and Noble store, see a book you’d like and order it from Amazon. Of course, this presumes that Amazon can overcome that instant gratification need that so many book buyers feel.

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. Karen
    Apr 02, 2008 @ 10:40:59

    Everything old is new again! This reminds me of my earliest experience buying books online, when was a telnet site. (Before the “web” existed.) You sent in your orders as single lines of text. If you wanted information on a book, you sent in a text request and the information came back to you by telnet. I remember how thrilled I was, because I wasn’t stuck with the books carried by the local bookstore – it probably seems primitive now but it was a thrill back then!

    (I probably sound like one of those old geezers talking about “those newfangled telephones”. Really, it wasn’t THAT long ago!)

  2. Ann-Kat
    Apr 15, 2009 @ 11:19:10

    Or, someone who already has a web-enabled phone can just visit Amazon mobile and order it with about 3 fewer steps…

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