#amazonfail

Tue 14 Apr 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin

Pity we missed the latest Amazon debacle due to chocolate consumption and losing a couple of days to a cold. Whether it was a cataloging error, hack, or whatever, it sure did make (heads up for a late Easter reference) keeping all one’s eggs in one basket sound like a bad idea.

Perhaps readers might take note that Amazon’s annual sales are over $10 billion and that books are only a small part of that total, which make Amazon more of a Wal-Mart than a bookshop. And we know what Wal-Mart wants to do to your town: rip out its heart and make you drive out to the periphery to buy cheap stuff made abroad in factories where people are paid pennies.

Women & Children FirstHappily Indiebound is easier to use than it used to be (we just ordered a couple of books from there which went out through one of our fave bookshops in Chicago, Women & Children First) so we 100% encourage everyone to keep a multitude of voices alive and Shop Local!

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  1. Nicole Kimberling on April 15th, 2009 3:47 am

    You know, I wanted to put links to Indiebound on the Blind Eye site, but only one of our titles is findable on it, which mystifies me, since the local store that carries all of our books is on the Indiebound site. Any insight into why only one title would show up?

    NK

  2. lcrw on April 17th, 2009 8:54 am

    Nicole, not sure where Indiebound gets it datafeed. I’d try emailing Scott Nafz one of the people behind the scenes and see if he can see why your computers aren’t speaking to theirs.

    Do you upload info to http://bowkerlink.com? That’s one place that info is pushed out into the world from.

    Hey, you signed a with a distro! Congrats!

  3. Nicole Kimberling on April 18th, 2009 1:29 am

    Yes, I’m a distro late-bloomer, but better late than never. :)

    NK

  4. Nicole Kimberling on April 18th, 2009 1:32 am

    And thanks for the bowkerlink link and the info.

    Yours ever,

    NK

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