Over the past few weeks I’ve been “quitting Amazon,” not so much because I think they’re evil, etc, but just because their recent moves have been so incredibly stupid and tone-deaf that’s it’s hard not to react in some way. I already buy most of my books through local stores, so this has been more a matter of going directly to the manufacturer websites of non-book products Amazon sells. I’ve even found that it’s quite easy and helpful to use Amazon to “showroom” items; i.e., to tap into all of the rich base of knowledge and customer reviews available on that site, and then buy my product elsewhere.
The links on this site go to Amazon, and this will remain so. They’re really the only place that makes affiliate links worthwhile for a meager blogger such as myself, and I don’t want to waste the time trying to patch together an alternative that isn’t going to work anyway.
The links are basically there for people who are going to buy the book through Amazon anyway. You’re all adults, you all have the resources to shop where you want. I don’t think linking to Amazon is going to unduly influence any of you. If you’re going to purchase things through Amazon, please use my links as a small thanks for all this richly opinionated knowledge I purvey. If you’re not going to purchase through Amazon, don’t feel obliged to so, so that I’ll get 7% of your purchase price.