Well, up is down, black is white, cats and dogs are living together in sin*...I always said I wouldn't become an Amazon Associate, but guess what I just went and did?
Hi everyone, my name is Citizen Reader, and I am an Amazon Associate.
Here's how it breaks down. I am now an associate for both Powell's Books and Amazon . When I add links to books in my posts, I will, whenever possible, link to Powell's. If you'd like to buy the book, all you have to do is click on my link and it will take you directly to Powell's, where your purchase will count towards my account and I'll get a little kickback.
However, in my right sidebar, I also now have a generalized Amazon link. If you ever buy anything through Amazon (and I'm not saying you should, although God knows I'm guilty of it sometimes myself), I would humbly request that you get into Amazon by first coming here and then clicking on that link. I will then get a small kickback on ANYTHING you buy, not just books. I can't see who's ordering what, and wouldn't look at that sort of information if I could. I have done this on the off chance that, if you are buying something from Amazon (particularly as the holiday shopping season approaches), and you remember to get there through my link, that might help me out financially, without costing you anything extra.
I am doing this because any extra money I can make through this blog not only helps pay for it (for the blog service hosting, for example), but also makes it more possible for me to continue reading and writing here, rather than trying to create other freelance streams of income. Nothing else will change, really--I still don't accept review copies, and you can be sure anything I write about books or nonfiction news here is my opinion and only my opinion.
Thanks for bearing with me through this disclaimer. And thanks to everyone who has bought books through my link at Powell's so far--I really, really appreciate it.
*Thanks to Ghostbusters (and to the incomparable Bill Murray) for this line, as always.