I have great news for site visitors who want to support independent bookstores. I am now a Bookshop.org affiliate. I will provide links to purchase books I review or mention from Bookshop.org.
I will not be eliminating the Amazon links, especially as changing all the old links for a website as old as this one is just really difficult. I understand some people still prefer to use Amazon, but going forward, I will be highlighting Bookshop.org over Amazon. You will find one affiliate link for Amazon purchases on reviews only, but most links will be Bookshop.org links.
My rationale for making this change is twofold. First, Amazon has a demonstrated history of treating its workers unfairly, and it’s been particularly troubling to watch this company’s behavior over the course of the pandemic. I have had an Amazon account since 1997 or 1998—back when it just sold books. The company wasn’t always like it is today. Second, at one time, Amazon affiliation was not a bad deal. I never earned very much on commissions, but I earned enough to buy a couple of books each month. In the last few years, they have changed their payment structure such that I earn enough to buy about a book every six months or so. In the same way that the company has demonstrated a lack of care for its employees, it has also treated affiliates unfairly. Bookshop.org not only supports independent bookstores, but it also offers fair compensation for affiliates.
I’m really excited about being a Bookshop.org affiliate.