Each year after the Booker Prize longlist announcement, I admire all those who attempt to read all 13 titles before prize day. It’s a challenge in its own right, but even more so for US-based readers. Many of the nominees are not yet available in the US, and even fewer are available in paperback. Nevertheless, I thought I might be able to get my hands on a few titles. After all, The Book Depository saved the day once before.
But this time, The Book Depository let me down:
- I placed my order the day after the longlist announcement. 2 of the 3 titles I wanted were out of stock. Already! Sheesh! Disappointed, I ordered the 1 available title (The Betrayal).
- 10 days later I received a refund notice. The Book Depository was “unable to fulfil my order.”
- On searching the site, I found The Betrayal was still available, but the price was $4 (27%) higher than when I placed my order! I was stunned that they would cancel the order, forcing me to pay more if I want the book.
- To add insult to injury, I’d used a 10% discount coupon on my order. If I ordered the higher-priced book, I wouldn’t get the discount.
- I sent an email to The Book Depository describing the situation. To their credit, they offered to refund me the difference, including the 10% discount, if I ordered the higher-priced book. But when I attempted to do so — less than 2 hours after receiving their message — the book was out of stock!
I am absolutely fed up. I guess I’ll just wait for availability on this side of the pond. Those of you lucky enough to get your hands on longlisted books, start reading! I’ll be here, lapping up your reviews.
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