Posts Tagged: amazon

My Eulogy According to My Orders

Dayna was a great woman, a kind woman. Some might say a generous woman. Her generosity showed when she ordered a dozen or whatever blue orchids on Amazon the day before Mother's Day and forgot to write in the "Do you want to attach a note?" box. Her mother was thrilled by the flowers, but confused by their delivery.

"Who sent these to me?" her mother had wondered. "There's no note attached."

Dayna was unreachable by phone that day because the used phone charger she had ordered from iXCC, $3.99 shipping, had not arrived yet. She kept missing the delivery. Her phone was dead so she couldn't call USPS to [...]


A Conversation About Books and Money

Nicole: Hm. How much do we actually make from Amazon Affiliates? Because I've gotten some nudges from readers (and there's also this thing Emily Gould wrote) about the merits of linking to Goodreads instead (or a better option if it arises). I really love Amazon, and I find it very convenient, so this is just thinking out loud about possibilities … any thoughts?

Edith: This part in Emily's piece stuck out to me:

A lot of literary sites always link to Amazon because by doing this they get some amount of money via the Amazon Affiliates program. I believe that these sites should reevaluate their business models.

She doesn't [...]


What's So Bad About Bad Gifts?

So, Amazon has this new thing that allows you to deflect awful gifts and turn them into gift certificates without the so-and-so who got them for you knowing about it and being offended. It's called a "gift conversion system," and it's not quite ready yet.


The Hairpin Travel Series

Hello! I'm excited to announce (and encourage you to buy!) the travel anthology "An Experience Definitely Worth Allegedly Having: Travel Stories From The Hairpin." It's a Kindle Serial featuring eight longform, never-before-published non-fiction stories from eight frequent Hairpin/Awl-world contributors: Carrie Frye, Jim Behrle, Maria Bustillos, Anne Helen Petersen, Chiara Atik, Nicole Cliffe, Jenna Wortham, and me. Each story takes about 10 minutes or so to read, and the whole thing costs $1.99. From the Amazon description:

Like The Hairpin, these essays are funny, weird, adventurous, and moving. There are stories about following a mysterious stranger’s maps in Mexico, attending endless step aerobics classes in Buenos Aires, faking a terrible [...]


It Was the Best of Times…

It was much harder to get into fights with your fans when you had to pause to sharpen your quill.

In case you give up part way through, someone also links to this Harry Potter fanfic showdown of great historical significance (in the history of fanfic, obviously.)


Amazon Pulls the Plug on The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure

In case you haven't been keeping up, a self-published book called The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover's Code of Conduct has been available since October 28 as a Kindle download on Amazon. Written by Phillip R. Greaves II and priced at $4.79, the book:

… is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian rules for these adults to follow. I hope to achieve this by appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals, with hope that their doing so will result in less hatred and perhaps liter sentences should they ever be caught.



A Conversation About Books and Money, Part Two

We weren't quite done with Friday's "who knows?!" dialogue about the best way to link to books on our (or your) website, and we asked Emily Gould to stop by and clarify a few things.

Nicole: Hi Emily, we've been talking about that thing you wrote, in case you wanted to flesh anything out.

Emily: Thanks for giving me the opportunity to respond! I'm kicking myself now for not explicitly explaining, in that post, why I don't think it's a good thing when sites like The Hairpin participate in the Amazon Affiliates program. It's not at all because I don't approve of making money — wow, do I [...]


Buy Your Own Gastric Bypass Kit on Amazon

Yay! Now you can get skinny in the comfort of your own home — the Medline Laproscopic Gastric Bypass kit comes complete with multiple blades, syringes, skin markers, cautery pencils, and at least ".1 cup medicine." It doesn't seem to come with any instructions, though, but that should be fairly straightforward.