Note: I should probably have subtitled this post 'Rant', because that is probably what it will end up being. (No probably about it *grin*) And yes I should be posting about my reading year, but... *waves hands in no recognizable way whatsoever* this is my blog and I'll whine if I want too *grin* FYI - it's a general whine and not directed towards anyone or any site in particular :)
So...book releases. I always get really excited when I know a book I am craving is being released. And I race off to ARe with glee only to realize that the book isn't there *sad* Because for some reason an increasing number of eBooks seem to be released in what I can only describe as a 'limited fashion, and by limited I mean at the publisher's site. Oh, and at Amazon, which for some reason seems to be the exception to the rule. The print book equivalent would be to only sell from one chain of stores...or even from only one branch of one chain. Except it wouldn't happen. Can you imagine if Bloomsbury had done that with the last Harry Potter book? Or how about Little, Brown and Company with the last Twilight book? There would have been riots! So...why does it happen for eBooks? I'm sure there are valid reasons, but...the bottom line is I'm lazy. I don't want to have accounts with numerous publishers - I want to buy my books at one place. And at present that's ARe. Plus that big holiday thing *waves hand in air again* has just been. And because my friends know that one of few ways I can stop my brain from spinning off into anxiety central 24/7 is by reading they very kindly gave me ARe vouchers for...it. So...I have vouchers to spend. So...why would I want to spend money, which has be earmarked for other (house-like) things, on books when I have vouchers? And if it was just a few days then I'd probably be OK with that (although yes I will admit there would be some wailing and gnashing of teeth, but I'm only human), but last year I waited a month for a particular book to end up at ARe and I couldn't decide whether it was the publisher or ARe (or both) that had resulted in the delay. (I did consider [for a couple of seconds] whether it might have been the author, but then figured the author would just like their book available for purchase where possible.) I was lucky enough to complete an ARe survey last year and pointed out that my biggest issue was the delay, but I still don't know why there is a delay. So... *grump*
And then we come to anticipated publication dates. I get that most of the authors whose books I purchase are based in North America or Europe. And up there the seasons are upside down - LOL! But...I think I'd prefer then to use quarters when referring to the anticipated publication of their books rather than the seasons. Because...and yes I know the majority of their readers are in North American and Europe, but...it's a small world now and if they mention a release in say...fall 2013, then I have to first work out that fall means autumn and then work out what months that equates to (I usually have no idea - it differs depending on the country) to actually relate it to me. 'Cause seriously, when y'all freezing up there in winter and complaining about the snow I'm sitting in shorts and a t-shirt complaining about the humidity! So seasons are pointless! (FYI - I watched some college football [American Football] on that holiday I mentioned in said short and t-shirt and was amused to see it was snowing :) The world is so small and yet so big :) Anyway...this is one vote for quarters...or a range versus seasons :) Just sayin'!
OK, rant/vent...over. I know it's not all about me, but...it felt good to get that off my chest! So, what has you almost boiling over ATM?