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Books In English Not Defteri | Notebook

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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In English Not Defteri | Notebook

From the Mail – 31.01.2020

Surprise book from the mail. Recently supported the crowdfunding project by Teyit and this was one of the gifts for the support. Arrival of new books always makes me happy.

Teyit is a great fact-checking organization from Turkey and their crowdfunding project was a special series of reporting on anti-vaxxers and other bullshit/conspiracy theories on health. In case you want to check out what else they’re doing, here’s their work in English. They also have an English Twitter account too.

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Books In English Not Defteri | Notebook

New Books in the Library – 26.11.2019

Bottom two, K-Punk and State Machines, are from the early November London trip. K-Punk is one of those books which you’ll read and re-read dozens of times over the years.

Rest came in yesterday. I was only planning to buy Teknopolis, because it seemed interesting but ended up ordering five books. I’m also excited to read Colson Whitehead‘s novels. I’m always a bit cautious about reading translation novels but the publisher is a trusted one.

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In English Not Defteri | Notebook

mono.kultur #44 & #47

Recently decided working on to change and add more diverse stuff to my information diet. This also includes thinking about where I’m spending money on and make sure it goes to people and ideas will feed my brain more and actually needs and deserves support.

So I started with mono.kultur and these two arrived yesterday afternoon. From the moment I pulled those out from the envelope it was obvious to me that I made the right decision. Stuff like these makes it clear that people who made it creates things because they care about things or they have something to say and that thing you’re holding is important for them —whether it’s a book, album, zine or a mag. 

That feeling is something I look up to and try to create while I’m working. I hope I can achieve that. And I really wish I had more money to support everything which gives me that feeling.

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Not Defteri | Notebook Türkçe

Cogito 92 – Türkiyeli Kadın Felsefeciler

Sanırım Türkçe dergiler arasında en sevdiğim yayın Cogito. Ancak bir süredir takip edemediğim için “Türkiyeli Kadın Felsefeciler” sayısından yeni haberim oldu. Görür görmez de sipariş verdim. Böyle özel bir sayı çıkarttıkları için Cogito ekibine teşekkür ederim.

Sayının linki için sitelerine bakarken son birkaç sayının da tam benlik olduğunu fark etmek açıkcası hiç iyi olmadı. Bu kadar sevdiğim bir dergiyi böyle uzaktan takip etmemem lazım. Sonra böyle birikiyor hepsi bir anda.