I’ve always liked running, but I’m prone to the same problem as everyone – I run out of time. If I don’t do it first thing in the morning then I feel too tired by the evening and it doesn’t happen. Then, once you are out of the habit it can feel really tough just to put on the trainers and do 5km.
But I’ve been making more of an effort to seriously get out and run most days. As you can see on my Nike+ app, I managed to run 153km in July – that’s getting close to four marathons in one month.
It’s great to be back out on the streets more regularly – I don’t go to a gym – but I’ve also found a spin-off benefit. I’m listening to loads of audio-books while I’m running and I usually then leave the book running while I go home and get ready to do something else.
I use the Audible app on my phone for audio-books – take a look at my monthly listening stats:
As you can see, I’m a regular listener anyway, but the push to run most days has boosted my book time. I totaled over 104 hours listening to books in July – mostly political biographies, but now I just started on Stephen King’s fictional story set around the JFK assassination 11/22/63.
It’s a great outcome that I’ve managed to get through so many books by using this time to listen to books rather than music. I know some people prefer music as it’s more motivational – Spotify can even play music where the beat reflects the speed you are running at – but I like to switch off and get into a book.
I’ll see how it goes in August, but I think I can probably beat these numbers because it’s a quiet month for my clients – USA and European clients are taking a lot of holidays right now. 🙂
I buy books quite often in Waterstones. I just went there today and spent about £50 on books. They always ask me if I have my loyalty card and I always say that I have a card, but I don’t have it on me. They remind me to bring in my receipt and I can get the points later. Of course, I lose the receipt or just never make time to go to the book store specifically to get my points.
This always happens. So isn’t there a better way? Do stores like Waterstones really think that I’m going to stuff my wallet full of loyalty cards for every store in the high street, every hotel chain, every airline..?
Why don’t they choose something that the customer will almost always have with them and that provides their identity and can link to their loyalty account? How about a mobile phone number for example?
The customer buys some books, they ask if you have a Waterstone’s loyalty account, if it’s yes then you can just give your phone number and the till credits your account with the points. Simple?
So it really looks like the book chain Borders is about to collapse.
What a shame.
When Borders opened their British flagship store in Oxford Street it was like a breath of fresh air to the book retailing market. Yes Waterstones was always knocking around in the background, but the majority of stores were fusty and dusty like Foyles, or just full of the latest bonkbusters, like WH Smith.
Borders had the most incredible magazine section, filled with magazines I’d never heard of, but loved handling and reading them. They had excellent coverage of most areas and the store was a nice place to be, even without buying.
It’s true that book retailing has changed enormously in the past 10-15 years – driven mostly by Amazon, but surely there is still a space in the market for high quality retail stores focused on books. Foyles has improved beyond measure, and Waterstones are also taking the fight to the supermarkets, so it’s true that the competition has learned from Borders, but their precipitous collapse remains shocking to anyone who has ever enjoyed shopping – and reading – there.
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