Solve the obligatory present problem with an ebook!

You have friends and relations who you don’t like very much but you have to give them a present?

Send an ebook!

YOU DON’T HAVE TO MEET THEM IN PERSON
VERY CHEAP
NO WRAPPING
NO POSTAGE
NO STANDING IN THE SNOW IN THE LINE AT THE POST OFFICE

Great if you have missed the last mail to the mother country.

If you really don’t like them, send a second book as a bonus!

Next Christmas there will be translations of some of the books and you can send them to people who you don’t like in languages that they can’t read.

There is already a Japanese translation of The Poverty of Historicism by Kogawara Makoto.

There is a Spanish translation of The Poverty of Historicism but the text is distorted by the special symbols attached to many of the letters. The problem persists despite putting the text through text only mode and notepad. A call for assistance has been lodged with Amazon.

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8 Responses to Solve the obligatory present problem with an ebook!

  1. Aristogeiton

    Nobody likes a shill, Rafe.

  2. Nanuestalker

    Nothing wrong with shameless self-promotion! :)

  3. Rafe

    Just think of a better way to get a present delivered overseas in time for xmas :)

    Besides, what better way is there to say “I know I have to put you on my list of presents/cards/guests but that doesn’t mean that I have to like you or give you a present that is expensive, enjoyable or useful.”

  4. Aristogeiton

    I’d buy the Hayek volume for shitfer and SfB, but I don’t think they can read.

  5. You have no shame, Rafe.

    But ebooks ARE great; I have a brother with a Kindle, and now he gets presents from me both on his birthday and at Christmas, because I can do it all without leaving the house.

  6. Jim Rose

    rafe, ebooks are changing the shape of things.

    I still prefer paper and books. I like paper printouts of the books so I can underline passages.

    airline weight restrictions require me to take more of my summer reading as ebooks.

  7. Rafe

    Yes to read books for scholarly purposes you really need to be able to underline, annotate and generally get physical with the paper version, besides I have trouble navigating through ebooks.

    For some strange reason I often don’t get to read the books that I take away on trips.

  8. Jim Rose

    rafe, I agree that annotation etc is central to studying a book.

    one reason I will be reading the books I am taking is my prepay on my cell has surfing overseas at $10 per MB!!

    I will be in Leyte in the rainy season so there will be plenty of time to read. the roosters that sound off next door at the crack of dawn will ensure an early start.

    the plus of a kindle is you can bring a library with you anywhere in case you want to change your mind on what you are reading.

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