Sunday, February 20, 2011

TSS: New Bookstore Affiliates

I have never been comfortable with sales.  I hated selling girl scout cookies as a kid or doing any kind of fundraiser.  I always feel bad asking people to buy something.  It is even harder now because I know how many people are struggling financially.  So when I think about making a little money from my blog I am a bit torn.  There is the feeling that reading and reviewing is something that I am doing because I enjoy it so I shouldn't be thinking about earning any money.  Then there is the idea that I am a stay at home mom with essentially no income except the money that I make from taking surveys so earning at least enough money to cover the cost of shipping out books would really help.  Anything more than that would be a bonus.

So after much thought, I've decided to join some bookstore affiliate programs and just put them out there.  I'm not asking you to purchase anything but if you are interested in any of the books (or other things) that I review, I would really appreciate it if you would consider using one of my links if you decide to make a purchase.

I've been an affiliate for quite a while now.  I've earned a little money but honestly, it has been a pretty small amount.  And that is totally okay!  I never expected to make bundles from this *wink*

I know not everyone likes to shop at Amazon though so I've added some additional options:

Find books fast - Passion for Books Logo (125x125)

IndieBound connects you with a local, independent bookstore which is always a great shopping option!

And I finally have an option for my international readers:

The Book Depository

I will be adding direct links at the end of each review for the stores that have the book for purchase.  I also have links for each of these stores, on my right sidebar.  I do not plan to fill the blog with advertising but I wanted to offer my readers some relevant shopping options.

Note: All opinions provided on this blog are my own. If a product was given to me for review, the source of that product is noted in the post. Links to are affiliate links and I do earn a small percentage for each item purchased through those links. Any other referral or associate links will be noted within the post.


  1. Hi--I just wanted to say thank you for including independent bookstores among your affiliates! I'm a book blogger and an indie bookseller in the US and it's really hard trying to compete with Amazon's prices, yet we're the ones bringing authors to our stores for readings and signings and fundraisers so that the community can benefit from them--in general investing in our communities so that readers will always have a gathering place where books and ideas are valued.

    So thanks for including us, too!

  2. I don't think you should waste anytime feeling bad about including affliates on your blog. It makes it easier for me to buy the book if I love your review!

  3. Happy Stumble Day!! Affiliates just make it easier to buy the books. :)

    My post is

  4. Thank you for helping stimulate the economy for the independent booksellers :)

    I just stumbled your post :)

    Here is a link to mine:

  5. I came across your blog through stumble tumble, I am your newest follower,

  6. I just stumbled this post. Please consider stumbling my post

  7. Good luck!! I do hope this works out for you! I love your reviews :)

    I stumbled you :)
    -Shopper Gal

  8. good luck with your affiliates... I've been torn about whether to join many affiliate programs, but so far I've resisted... just because I don't want to have to track it all...

    I've stumbled your post.
    My STT post is:

  9. I stumbled your post! Thanks for stopping by @!

  10. A big thank you for including indies in your affiliate listings. I own a small-town bookstore, and we struggle to compete with the big guys.

    I enjoy your site! Keep up the great work.

    I stumbled you. Could you stumble me back?

    ~ Devon
    Reading with Joey

  11. i love indies! I stumbled you, my post is It's Monday, Here's what I'm reading!

  12. I just recently became an Amazon affiliate as's hard to decide!

    Thanks for stumbling...I stumbled you back!

    Kristin :)
    Keenly Kristin

  13. I love me some Amazon!

    I stumbled your post - would love if you'd stumble mine!

  14. What a great post! I love how you portrayed the struggle of whether to use affiliates or not. I'm right there with you.

    Stumbled - (I'm having a Stumble-Saturday-Kinda-Week) Thanks for stumbling mine!

  15. I don't see anything wrong with putting your affiliate stuff in your article. You go girl! Stumbled you, please stumble me:


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