Round up #176: buy a delivery business from Amazon, Prime Day 2018

Round up #176: buy a delivery business from Amazon, Prime Day 2018

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

Hold on to your money: Prime Day starts July 16

Amazon has made the official announcement that this year’s
Prime Day (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

will start at noon Pacific Time (3:00 PM Eastern) on July 16th and run through midnight Pacific July 17th…36 hours. That’s why they keep saying it is “Prime Day (and a half)”. 36 hours is 1.5 days.

However, as pointed out in this

press release

sales have actually started today!

For example, the

Echo Show (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is $100 off (making it $129.99 instead of $229.99) through Prime Day…with an important caveat.

You need to be an

Amazon Prime (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

member (but you can get a free trial membership).

We’ve gotten great deals in the past (especially on Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)), but this year does really look it will be significantly bigger and better. A few highlights:

  • This year’s sweepstakes (at AmazonSmile*) (which started July 3rd) is amazing, with prizes including $50,000, an Alexa-equipped Lexus, and a SmartHome makeover. There are lots of ways to enter, detailed here (at AmazonSmile*). One way is to visit the Prime Day page when logged into your account and stay there for a minute…I’m not sure how many people realize that they are timing you like that…
  • Giant (really giant) Smile boxes are visiting a few cities, and you can watch online (at AmazonSmile*). My guess? At least one of these will open up to reveal a concert by a top music act which is featured on Prime Music.
  • Free PC games from Twitch…every day through Prime Day
  • Try Kindle Unlimited for three months for $0.99
  • Buy your first Kindle book (there are people who haven’t bought Kindle books? 😉 ) and get a $10 credit for e-books, p-books (paperbooks) and Audible audiobooks on Prime Day

I have an Amazon gift card to spend…but I’m going to wait until Prime Day. 🙂

Did a judge just really expand Fair Use?

I’m not an intellectual property lawyer, but I do follow copyright pretty closely. My natural tendency is to reserve rights for the creator, rather than giving the work to society.

About eight years ago, I explored the idea of making copyright permanent in exchange for much broader Fair Use rights:

Should copyright be permanent?

However, I’m cautious about expanding Fair Use without something in exchange.

Judge Claude Hilton of the Eastern District of Virginia in a recent


decided that a site which used part of a photograph that it had found on the internet did not infringe upon the photographer’s rights.

Fair Use has a number of factors which makes a ruling a bit complicated in terms of setting precedent, but this one does concern me. I need to look at it more closely…

Wanna buy a business?

There are a lot of ways to make money with Amazon…you can get royalties as an author, you can be a third party seller, you do tasks through Amazon Mechanical Turk, you can be an Amazon Flex driver…and now, if you invest $10,000, Amazon will help set you up with a delivery business!

Amazon says you could make up to $300,000…but of course, you could also lose money.

Even with help, running a business isn’t easy. The old saying goes that when you own a business, the business owns you. Even just as a manager (not owner) of a bookstore, I worked…a lot.

I absolutely think this is a good opportunity for the right people! However, unless Amazon does screen very carefully (and they certainly might), a much bigger number of people will fail than succeed…just like in most businesses.

Little House in the Phantom Zone

There have been a lot of stories and opinions published

news search

about the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), which is part of the American Library Association, renaming the Laura Ingall Wilder Award to the Children’s Literature Legacy Award.

They explain the decision in this


For me, the key statement is this:

“Wilder’s books are a product of her life experiences and perspective as a settler in America’s 1800s. Her works reflect dated cultural attitudes toward Indigenous people and people of color that contradict modern acceptance, celebration, and understanding of diverse communities.”

This ties directly into an issue I examined in another article from 2010:

The Chronological Cultural Context Conundrum

I think they probably are doing a safe thing, renaming the award so that it doesn’t tie into a specific person. I would challenge you to name any fiction author who was widely popular at least fifty years ago who didn’t write anything that could be seen as offensive today…

Some Fire Tablets can work like Echo Show devices


Echo Show (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is one of my favorite non-reading Amazon devices…it’s an Echo, but with a screen. Yes, it can show me some commercial videos (movie trailers and such), but I really like how it shows information…and how I can make “videocalls”.

I also like the Echo Spot: I keep one at work.

My Echo Spot is here: it’s cute!

Now, some of the newer Fire Tablets are going to have “Show Mode”, which lets them work like an Echo Show. That includes the videocalls.

Those functions certainly would drain the battery, so Amazon has also introduced the

Show Mode Charging Dock (at AmazonSmile*)

You don’t need that, but it’s going to make things better.

A few really short notes:

I’ve had the Fire TV Cube for about a week:

Fire TV Cube: 1st impressions and menu map

I really like it! It’s not perfect, but it is a whole new class of device. You might think you have enough Echo/Alexa devices, but you might consider swapping out one of your old devices for this one. Look for a bargain (although it may be a bundle) on Prime Day.

My Significant Other and I have both really liked

The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni (at AmazonSmile*)

It’s not common that we both like the same book this much.

I’d say the last time that happened was with

Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim (at AmazonSmile*)

Both books are available through Kindle Unlimited…

Not lost in translation…

I haven’t always been pleased with the translations from Amazon’s AmazonCrossing imprint. They’ve often seemed…stilted.

That’s not the case with

A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa, translated by Risa Koboyashi and Martin Brown (at AmazonSmile*)

I have read many translated books in my time, and assuming that this accurately reflects what the author intended (and my intuition is that it does), it reads as very natural English. Not just in the words, but in the use of idiom…”as the crow flies”, for example. I doubt that the Japanese equivalent term has anything to do with crows. 😉

That one is also available through Kindle Unlimited at time of writing.

Have an opinion on any of these stories? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post. My “day job” activities have started to slow down a bit after being super busy…that will help my responsiveness. Oh, and some of you know about our dogs: Elf got bitten by another dog at the dog park recently. Elf will be okay, but it may be a couple of weeks of recovery (and it’s a difficult time for us…by the way, Elf was literally just sitting there and it was unprovoked). That means no trips to the dog park…which gives me back literally a few hours on both Saturday and Sunday. Definitely not worth it, but it is a reality…

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

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8 Responses to “Round up #176: buy a delivery business from Amazon, Prime Day 2018”

  1. Harold Delk Says:

    Maddie, my pup, and I send Elf our warming rays for a speedy and complete recovery. Wife in hospital after surgery to repair some of the damage from her biking accident.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Harold!

      That’s really appreciated! I hope your wife does well after the surgery…remember that being spoiled by your Significant Other can be appropriate after care. 😉

  2. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I hope the dog who bit Elf has been banned from the dog park!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I appreciate your concern!

      That’s a tricky one for us, and we are talking about it. I really don’t blame the dog much. It was an Australian cattle dog (we’ve seen it around before), and it didn’t act aggressively (growling or such). I think what happened was that it acted like it would with a cow or sheep: nipped at her because the dog thought she was…out of control. Elf had run shortly before that, but was literally just sitting there when the dog ran up, bit her, and kept running. That wouldn’t have injured a bigger animal, especially if it was around a hoof.

      I do, though, put responsibility on the part of the owner. The owner was a good thirty yards away, paying no attention. This is a leash free dog park (we’ve seen it listed as one of the best in the world), but the dogs are supposed to be under “voice control”. When I tried to get the owner’s attention (by shouting), there was no reaction.

      When we ran into them later, the owner had something like cotton stuffed in their ears. Now, I suppose that could have been therapeutic in some way…but if you can’t hear the way you normally can, you should be extra attentive.

      The owner said (not assertively) that the Aussie didn’t bite…and right about at that point, that dog lunged at Elf again! Elf is a very rational dog and just backed behind us for protection, but that did illustrate the point.

      The owner offered that I take a picture of their driver’s license, which I did. One of our main concerns right now is that we don’t have a way to let the other regulars at the park (many of whom fondly know Elf and Patty) know what the situation is. Several knew Elf was bitten (we were at the park about half an hour after that…Elf seemed to be doing fine at that point, and that’s when our vet was going to open)…and they’ll notice we aren’t there for a couple of weekends.

      Elf’s quality of life is certainly reduced for now. We had Elf in the “cone of shame” that the emergency vet gave us, but fortunately, my SO did some research and found an inflatable collar for recovery…it keeps Elf from getting to the wound, but Elf can eat and drink normally, and has full vision. It’s a massive improvement over the cone! I’m going to make sure my family knows about it, and maybe I’ll write about it in The Measured Circle (it’s way off topic for this blog).

      So, should the dog get banned? We’re certainly considering reporting it when we get back there…but I do think it was more the owner’s fault. Maybe if they were required to take obedience classes…

      • Lady Galaxy Says:

        I really think you need to report it for the safety of the other dogs. Their owners need to be aware since the biter’s owners appear to be a bit oblivious. If the dog isn’t banned at least the biting dog’s owners should be put on notice that if it happens again there will be consequences. Requiring a leash or muzzle might be an alternative to a total ban. Maybe not fair to the dog, but being bitten surely wasn’t fair to Elf! I don’t like muzzles, but I don’t like irresponsible pet owners who are reluctant to believe their dog is incapable of biting. Maybe then they will pay closer attention to what their dog is doing.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Lady!

        Well, your comment helped convince us to notify the Rangers. We sent a report of what happened. My Significant Other (a former claims person) suggested it was better that we don’t offer specific remedies, but let them determine the best course of action.

        I appreciate you making your points, and I agree with you that it is best for the other dogs there (some of whom we know quite well).

  3. Phink Says:

    I believe it’s extremely unfair and dangerous to judge people of history by today’s standards.

    Example: What if in 100 years from now we have a meat substitute that actually taste like meat with no bad side effects or no more than we have now with real meat. I think that is very likely to happen by the way at some point in the future.

    OK, let’s say you can eat fake bacon and it taste just like the duct tape of food, real bacon. It’s very possible at that point most of society will be vegetarian’s. Now, what if society deems the eating of animals as something immoral and unacceptable which is also something I think very possible if we ever create this meat substitute.

    Will we then turn on those in history who engaged in the atrocity of eating meat? They might say “yeah they did not have the meat substitute we have today but they could’ve lived a vegetarian lifestyle instead of slaughtering animals.” Will we then start renaming awards and high schools across the nation? Will Barack Obama High School (if such a place exist) be renamed Marshall McPhink High School? He’s the future POTUS who did not eat meat and is considered one of the greatest POTUS’s ever by the way.

    I might not should post this because it could easily turn political and one thing I love about your site is it’s an escape from politics. However, sometimes the conversation naturally goes there and I don’t mind that. Anyway, that’s my opinion. Some might think the above scenario is ridiculous in the extreme but it could happen. There is no telling what future generations will consider immoral or moral.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Phink!

      Well, as a long-time vegetarian, I appreciate your example. 😉

      “I have eaten animal flesh, and I’ve enjoyed it. What’s wrong with me?”
      –Mr. Spock
      played by Leonard nimoy
      All Our Yesterdays episode of
      Star Trek: The Original Series
      screenplay by Jean Lisette Aroeste

      Let’s say that mainstream society did eventually decide that eating meat was immoral. I don’t think it would be a situation of condemning everybody who ate meat in the past…but those who wrote about eating meat in a positive way could be in trouble. It’s not unreasonable to assume that an author who was a member of a privileged class (by virtue of sex, race, and so on) may have not considered people outside of that class as equals say, 200 years ago. However, the revisionist consideration of their work would likely happen if they used the “n word” (as several prominent writers did), or disparagingly referred to women’s intellect or treated them like chattel.

      So “Mmm…bacon!” might be enough to get a book banned, although it would be more likely if the author wrote positively about the actual killing of the animals in order to eat them (there are many books which do that…especially with fishing).

      I don’t think this is political if we don’t deal with individual politicians or parties…it’s more sociological, if we are talking about the broad swath of society.

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment!

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