When I had a job, I joined up with the Doubleday book club. I bought my required number of books, then opted out. Ever since then, they've sent me mail that I usually don't bother to open, trying to get me to sign back up with them.
I buy my books at garage sales, thank you very much.
The other day Cliff and I were watching TV, and an ad came on for the latest James Patterson book in his Alex Cross series. Cliff said, "Make a note of that, won't you? See if you can get it online."
Alex Cross novels are among our favorites for road trips. I read, Cliff listens. The chapters are short and the pace is fast, and those books eat away the miles.
(As a sidenote here, we've decided we like John Sandford even better than Patterson.)
"Cliff," I told him, "I buy books from half.com; it'll be a long time before that one is on half.com at a reasonable price."
The very next day, I got some junk mail from Doubleday. And I opened it, thinking about James Patterson's latest.
They offered me this deal: five books at 99 cents each, with free shipping. And if I'd select one more for $5.99 (also free shipping), I'd only be obligated to buy three more books over the next two years. Nothing to return by mail, I can opt out of any book at their web site.
Hey, I can't do any better than that at half.com!
So yeah, I'm back with the Doubleday Book Club. All I have to do now is get Cliff to go on a long enough road trip (in the car, not on the motorcycle) for me to read "Cross" to him.