From the Mail – 27.10.2020

I was not expecting a book pre-order turn into an almost two month adventure but life in Turkey is full of surprises.

I’ve been not pre-ordering dead-tree books from abroad for a while, mostly because I have trust issues with Turkish postal service. So many bad memories I don’t want to remember. But for some reason I’ve thought getting a paperback copy of this book is a good idea.

It’s published in September 10th and the publisher sent it the same day. After about one month without any book, decided to reach out to the postal service. But instead of an apology or any type of help, they just recited the Wikipedia definition of how postal services work. Not even the already getting old “sorry, it’s the pandemic” excuse. So I turned to the publisher and their customer services was way too nice. They apologized for something they have no control over it and offered another copy sent via UPS courier. I was surprised but happy.

And finally, the book arrived yesterday. UPS was quick to get the package out of customs and deliver it to me. Now I’m waiting for the weekend to dive into it. If that looks like something you’d like to read, here’s the book’s website.

(Sidetone, I’ve learned that iOS and macOS recognizes their tracking numbers and directs me to the tracking page with one click. Sadly, none of the Turkish companies are included in their list.)


Why I’ve told you all of this? Mostly because it’s the perfect example to explain my love for ebooks. One click and I have the book. And since most of the publishers I buy from regularly sell their ebooks without DRM, I don’t have to deal with anything extra too.

So, if you ever consider sending me ARCs —which is something I’d love to receive more but looks like I should be a member of a secret club for that to happen— or gift me books, either make sure the publisher sends those via a courier company or just go for the ebook version. I’m totally fine with ebooks.

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