Day 31. No prompt, so I will make up my own.

I began to write about books that are calling me to read them; books I’ve set aside during this flurry of daily posts, but now I’ve stumbled onto something that supersedes that subject. I’m writing because I have ordered two books now, from Kindle, that are not what I thought I ordered.

Have you heard of aBookaDay? Evidently it’s a new Kindle product, published under the title of a particular book, but it is not THE book. It is a shortened version: a digital Cliff’s Notes so you don’t have to read the book. The first page has a Note to Readers: This is a Summary & Analysis of Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande. You are encouraged to buy the full version. It didn’t cost anything, because it’s offered as a ‘library loan’.

I went back to the Kindle store to order the actual book by Atul Gawande, but I didn’t see it from my Kindle’s array of books to order. I did order from the thumbnail a copy of The Devil and the White City by Erik Larson. It appeared to be the same black-and-white cover that I’d seen of the book on the Amazon website. There was also a version in the same beige-colored aBookaDay format which I knew I wasn’t going to order. I should have known something was up when it was also a no-charge for book loan.

Tonight I opened my copy of The Devil and the White City. It’s a summary and analysis by the same ‘author’:  aBookaDay. I feel cheated!

(When I googled aBookaDay, I found a listing as though there is an author named aBookaDay, who has ‘written’ a lot of damn sham books. They are everywhere, even on GoodReads.)

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