I was in the middle of drafting a post setting out my own stall about where I get my books from etc after all the toing and froing on the subject lately. But, Simon Savidge’s impassioned post, (written after Gav and he got attacked on Twitter over where they got their books from), beat me to it, and I decided that he’s already said most of it. Instead I’ll just add a couple of comments below on my personal stance rather than a full (and potentially repetitive and boring) post:
I buy more books than I can really afford from my local indie bookshop Mostly Books in Abingdon, whom I am always very happy to promote. However, I’m a single mum on a part-time salary – so charity shops, second hand bookshops, the supermarket, bookshop chains, and online through Amazon, the Book People etc. will all get my custom from time to time.
Having been blogging for several years now, I’m lucky enough to be sent books from publishers and authors, and I review for Amazon Vine – Thank you. I’ve only ever requested two books directly from publishers and felt guilty about doing that. These days, I purely respond to titles offered for review, only picking those I’m genuinely interested in reading. I do not sell on any review copies that I receive.
I have monetized (horrid word) my blog, with affiliate links to Amazon and The Book Depository. I hope I make the links clear, and I am not forcing anyone to click through – it’s just there if you want to. In nearly five years of blogging, I’ve received £29.80 in Amazon vouchers through referrals resulting in sales. Part of me says I should drop the affiliations, as they promote the company only making treat- money for me, but if I find it useful to click through occasionally elsewhere so may others – I’m undecided on this though…
Mini-rant over now …
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I’m still working on gradually updating my blog’s indexes, but I’ve been toying with the sidebar too lately. I discovered a great new widget to highlight posts I’ve ‘liked’ elsewhere. See the ‘Posts I Like’ section over there.
Sadly it only works with other WordPress powered blogs, so please, all my Blogger, Typepad and other service blog-friends don’t feel left out and see my bookish blog-roll for lots of other great blogs. (Arrow image credit)
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I often shed a little tear when watching TV or films and reading – am I over-sentimental, or is it something you do too?
Do tell me about the books that have made you cry …
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