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I spent a lot of time socializing online yesterday and ended up signing up on both GoodReads and Twitter. I would love to mingle with other bloggers, writers and readers if you are hanging around on those networks too. I was not quite sure what twitter was all about, but I checked it out when Inkygirl started a blogging writers group and found out its a network of just my favorite part of myspace and facebook…the status updates :)…so this is also a fun way to keep track of some great blogs and the writers themselves!
Through Goodreads I also found out about BetterWorldBooks which is self-described as “an online bookstore with a soul”. I have to admit to having a hard time when it comes to reviewing or linking to books on here. The standard link is usually amazon, which I dont really have problem with, but I do not really want to push them on everyone. I usually try to link to an author’s personal site. Then they can provide the amazon link [:)], but from what i have seen so far I think Better Books may be my store of choice from now on. They are a company determined to promote literacy and save books as well as provide a product. New and used books are for sale online and, somehow, US domestic shipping is free. Watch on for more info:
Finally, if anyone else is as interested in the ongoing saga between Rosamond and Emily as I am [it’s an artistic soap!], here is another post with some interesting background and views. The comment board on the original post at YouThoughtWeWouldntNotice is stuffed and not always so nice. The controversy is all over the blogosphere now, though I have not heard any more beyond the illustrator of Nate the Great and Rosamond, Marc Simont’s statement that he has referred the issue to the publisher’s legal department.
That’s Save Our Books y’all… which i believe was my original focus for this blog… i tend to get side-tracked, but I am inspired to share these calls to arms, or to write/petition/blog whatever way you choose…First, of all [warning: i may get political for a moment] They claim that there will be no children left behind but it seems that in order to fund trillion dollar wars we have to cut out all of those little extras like literacy, so funding for programs like Reading is Fundamental is in dire straits…. do your karma a good turn and check out the info….it’s easy to help if you want to….
If that doesn’t get your goat, then maybe this will… personally I cannot stand the way children are commercially targeted. Of course that’s nothing too new, after all Saturday morning cartoons wouldn’t have existed without Saturday morning commercials, but don’t you think they are taking it a bit too far? I mean, there are ads and commercials even on school buses these days and now they want to put the equivalent of commercials in books. I am not talking about the cardboard pullout order form pages that they have in the doctor office books… I mean full-on product placement. As if they even need it! Haven’t they noticed that the good/popular books end up with their own merchandising line anyway? But this middle reader series is not about publishing good books…it is basically an advertising campaign. The “author” is actually a marketing executive…if that tells you anything. I’m not putting the title, but it’s coming out from Harper Collins and you can get more info here from Commercial Alert
OK now I can have a good weekend and read in peace and I hope you do too!