Thanks to a new law signed by our idiot governor, Jerry Brown, I will no longer be a participating member of the Amazon Associates program. The law seeks to collect sales tax from out of state online retailers like Amazon.com, and goes into effect tomorrow (Friday). To minimize their connection to the state of California, Amazon.com has discontinued all associates programs for any resident of the state effective immediately.
Don't get me wrong, I love living in California, but our state government is screwed up. And I even work for a state agency! I could go on and on about the reasons why this law is stupid, why our government is too bureaucratic to see the simple solution to our problems, and why the state is going to heck in a hand basket, but this isn't a politics blog, so I will get back to the point.
In the past I had used the very, very small commission from Amazon links (averaging about $3 a month) to help pay for shipping for contest prizes and other financial costs with running this blog. Thank you to everyone who supported me through your use of these links. It has meant the world to me, and I hope you'll continue to support the blog in the future, even just by reading and leaving comments. Sometimes I wonder if I'm talking just to myself...
From today on, there will be no more new Amazon.com links. I will be looking into the possibility of a different affiliate system, so if you have any ideas, please email me or leave them in the comments below. Otherwise I can't afford contest prizes as often, and I don't want to take that away from my readers. At this point I will be leaving Amazon links found in older posts, as well as the Amazon search boxes because I still find Amazon is often one of the cheapest way to buy books, and I still support them even if I'm no longer an affiliate. The disclaimer on the bottom of every post will change as well. I will probably start linking book descriptions to Goodreads, just as a way for people to read reviews of a book.
If the law ever gets repealed, changed, or I move to a different state then things may change. And I will certainly let everyone know of that change if it occurs. But since I don't see any of those happening in the near future, this is the way it stands now. Thank you again to everyone for your support of this blog in the almost 5 years I've been doing this. I sincerely couldn't have done it without you.