Your user icon: monocle missing.
If I were better at photoshop, I'd add one!
Send me the original of that photo, if you have it. I'll add a monocle.
Did you get the email with it attached?
I got caught in the spam filter, but I rescued it. Awesome! Thanks, man!
You, you cover-ist! Discriminating against a whole class of books merely because of their covers. Why, that really _is_ judging a book by its cover! I think you should open up your mind, actually meet some hardcovers, and you'll find that they're just books, like any other books. You'll get over this irrational fear and hatred and grow to accept them for the normal books that they are, and eventually your bookshelves will grow to be a warm, inclusive place like mine, where hardcovers and paperbacks live together in an integrated community.
eventually your bookshelves will grow to be a warm, inclusive place like mine, where hardcovers and paperbacks live together in an integrated community.
Hrmph. Just cuz you like gated communities doesn't make me a freak.
Yes it does. It says so, right here in our bylaws:
"Non-residents who don't subscribe to our worldview are freaks, and may only enter the community when escorted by a resident. Use of the pool and hot tubs requires a special permit and signed affidavit of de-lousing."
Edited at 2008-04-04 06:02 pm (UTC)
Use AbeBooks.com. They specify that, plus they have a great selection of used books, rated by condition as if by mercenary librarians.
I want to know WTF makes Amazon think that I would ever, ever want a Punisher comic.
I don't know you, but I'm going to hypothesize that your family was murdered by the Mafia and now you seek gunpowder-fueled revenge against the criminal underworld that plagues our cities. That's the target demo for Punisher comics.
Now it makes sense.
Is there a Region 1 DVD of Darkplace anywhere? Or other reliable source for it? I started watching it in Aberdeen last year, forgot about it then found myself stateside...
Nope. You need a region free player. There's also a bunch on YouTube, and the first episode on the Avalon web site.
*sigh* YouTube it is then (I'm there anyway). I can't believe I still have to wait to watch series one of the Mighty Boosh in this country.
Anything with Julian Barrat or Noel Fielding is a good thing right now (as I am not completely burnt out yet).
Any bookseller wants you to buy in hard cover because they're massively more profitable. If they default to hardcover, there's a customer segment that will be too lazy to look for other available versions. They also want you to believe it's a prestige choice. There is a relatively simple way to find out if a book is available--- it's always in product details, generally about halfway down the page--- they link to all available versions.
I don't disagree with you about balancing customer satisfaction against profits, but they don't. Several years ago, they offered my company a deal--- any time we linked to a book on their site and someone bought it, we'd get a commission. Probably only a few cents per purchase, but we do book reviews and mention books in columns--- it was a shot at some low-effort cash. We had to make the decision whether to link to the hardcover versions and make more money or to link to the paperback in the assumption that people don't like being fleeced. We chose to forgo some potential profits and focus on service to our constituents and linked to the least expensive available version, which worked out well because we never got paid.
What I'd like to figure out is how they can offer you a pre-publication discount on a book scheduled to come out in a month and then delay it (so far) 10 months. I've done the pre-publication thing with them twice and been forced to authorize months of delays or miss out on the title and its attendant discount. I understand about publication delays probably even better than the next guy, but there's something wrong with this--- neither of the authors of the books that I faced this with were novices or unknowns. This is a distribution error, not a publishing error. Amazon is at best a (for now) necessary evil.
In your second paragraph, are you talking about something different than the Amazon Associates program? That's worked well for me - I write occasional book reviews at my site
and when somebody clicks through to Amazon and buys a book, I get a 4% cut. Not much - maybe $20 a year served to me in the form of a gift certificate, but it's something.
It might have been a precursor to that program--- I couldn't say for sure. I'm in the publications department and we were just asked to use a link format provided through a partnership with our marketing department. As it was, whether through the fault of our marketing department (wholly possible) or through Amazon, we never got paid.
I can't remember anything from that class except that our teacher was a spaz... and that phrase.