Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Ops! Accidental purchase...

Some of you may be aware that about a month ago I received a Kindle for my birthday from my friends. I've been really enjoying the experience of reading with an e-reader (as well as the envious glances from other people while I'm on the train!), but this weekend I discovered the first drawback to it - the accidental purchase...

It was I suppose, my own fault in a way. I was with some friends in the pub and raving about how great the Kindle is. I was waving it about and singing the praises of 3G..."Look I can buy a book, while I'm sat on the train or in a coffee shop - no waiting." I was proving my point by connecting to the kindle store and picking a book on the top sellers, more or less at random, "See, if I wanted I could just click here and it would be sent to me within 60 seconds...ops..". Yes, I pressed the wrong button and bought a book completely at random.


I have since discovered there is a section where if you do buy a book my mistake, it will be taken off your kindle and your money refunded. But I only discovered this afterwards.

The good news is that the book I bought, while not one I would have chosen, it might be a different read for me. It's an autobiographical story by one of the most popular entertainers in Britain - The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry.

So the moral of the story - be careful what you press on your kindle when showing off!

Out of interest - has anyone else bought a book by mistake?


  1. I bought Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks (http://www.iain-banks.net/) by mistake. Well unplanned purchase in a Waterstones.

    Does that count?

    Well I bought Oracle in ASDA. It was part of a buy two books cheaper than buying one book deal. It was terrible.

  2. That's what you get for showing off! :P

    I'll be interested to know what you think of Stephen Fry's autobiography though, because I'm not sure whether I want to read it or not.

  3. @Sam - I know, I know - I will try to restrain myself in furture!

    I'm about half way through it at the moment sam and it's very different from my normal reading. I hope to finish it this weekend and put the review next week sometime.

    @Kris - it's terrible when forced to buy extra books - I feel for you, I really do. :)