Here’s a story the author Joseph Heller told about writers and an unusual way to buy a book.
Years ago in Manhattan bookstores like Doubleday on Fifth Avenue novelists stole the show.
They set up their manual typewriters in the shop window and worked on their latest book.
Anyone happening by on the sidewalk could see an author typing away or gazing into space to figure out a twist in the plot.
As pages were written they were taped to the inside of the window for all to see.
Often crowds gathered in front of this goldfish bowl as it came with no small measure of curiosity.
If you went inside you could pre-order the book and it would be signed for you when published.
With Amazon there might be a way to revive the ‘unpublished pages promotion’, albeit in a slightly different way.
It could be a way for Amazon to introduce the drone delivery service they’re developing.
As you probably know it’s called Amazon Prime.
Order something online and you’ll be able to have it delivered within 30 minutes. Depending on where you live, of course.
If you happen to be a Maine lighthouse keeper you’ll have seagulls for company, not the Amazon Drone.
So how do you get a delivery?
They’re working on it. But we’ve heard you might be supplied with a large Amazon logo stamped on a plastic sheet.
Your role in the delivery process is to lay the logo out in your backyard or on your apartment rooftop.
Presumably that’s how the drone zeros in on you.
As you read this, a drones-only airspace is being proposed and Federal flight regulations are being hammered out.
Meanwhile, to promote the service, sample pages from an unpublished book could be drone-dropped to you 30 minutes after the author writes them.
Too bad we didn’t have this when JK Rowling was going full blast with Harry Potter.
A drone service might prompt you to order all that goes with a good book.
Reading glasses, a standard lamp, a bookshelf and a set of wine glasses.
Maybe even an easy chair, as a drone’s hauling capacity can be surprising.
In years to come you might be able to order a piano online and have it flown in.
After all, some military drones can manage a takeoff weight of three tons.
As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon might tell you, that amounts to more than a few books.
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