Patience may be a virtue, but it’s not one of mine. I have little free time and I want to make the most of it. That means I keep errands to a minimum and do a lot of online shopping. When Amazon offered Prime service – free two-day shipping or pay $4 for overnight – I signed up even though it costs me $80 a year. The convenience is worth it, and I pay that extra $4 surprisingly often. Compared to a 30 minute trip to the store, it’s a no-brainer.
Of course, instant downloads are even faster than overnight delivery. Music downloads are practically old hat these days, but did you know you can download books and movies too?
Amazon offers a cool gadget called Kindle, a portable reading device, but you don’t need this to download books. Look for Amazon Upgrade, a service offered on many of their books. With this, you can read, highlight, and make notes on your books as you read them on your computer.
As for movies…check out the iTunes store, Amazon Unbox, and even Netflix. All offer downloadable movies and TV shows. In fact, recent TV episodes are often available to watch online at TV network websites. Watch them on your computer, or run a few wires and play them on your TV with full stereo sound.