January Wrap Up


News

I’ve been back in hospital for some minor surgery. Hoping for a quick recovery. Yes, it is related to last year’s health disaster. I’ll keep you updated.

But I do have a small announcement to make:

As of January 2021, I will no longer be providing buy links to books in my reviews.

This is for a couple of reasons.

First, I don’t think anyone used them.

Second, I’m not an affiliate so I literally am not making any money by providing links in the first place.

Third, I no longer want to support Amazon monetarily, and by association, The Book Depository. This is because the profits from these companies go to the big boss of Amazon who is literally the richest man on the planet. I don’t believe billionaires should exist, let alone hundred-billionaires. I know Amazon started in a garage as an online book shop which I love, but I’ve heard many horror stories of warehouse workers, and Amazon sellers who have had their products stolen and replaced by Amazon. I don’t agree with Amazon, and I no longer want to send people directly there to buy a book.

I understand that it is more convenient just to buy from Amazon.

Instead, if you like my review enough to want to read or purchase the book, I recommend you hit up your local independent bookshop, or library, who will always need your support.

I also understand that indie authors make money from Amazon, but they can also sell their ebooks at other places, including Smashwords or other independent retail sellers. I have never subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, and I understand it’s a good deal for readers who read a lot of books, but KU also screws over authors in way too many ways to count here.

I will no longer be purchasing Amazon ebooks, or any products from Amazon.

I will not be getting rid of my Kindle anytime soon. I purchased it years ago from an Australian business and I read my ARCs on it.

I am but one teeny tiny person no longer providing buy links for my readership. This is in no way me standing up to a behemoth.


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About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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4 thoughts on “January Wrap Up

  1. Joyousreads

    This past Christmas, I also made a concerted effort not to purchase anything from Amazon for the same reason. Unfortunately, during the pandemic, our local bookstores were inundated by curbside pick up orders that they could not keep up. Orders were taking a week at least to process for curbside, so I ended up going back to Amazon. It really sucks how much profit Bezos have earned at a time when most are financially suffering.

    It physically hurt me to buy from Amazon. But our bookstores are open now, so I’m happy.

    1. Nemo

      I really hate how Amazon profited so much when so many people were struggling. You don’t need that much money! I’m very glad your bookshops are open again 🙂

  2. Eilonwy

    Amen, Nemo. I don’t shop from Amazon or any of its subsidiaries unless I can’t find a book anywhere else. I completely support you in this move.

    Happy belated New Year!

    1. Nemo

      Yeah, I have already kind of started boycotting last year, but now I’m consciously doing it, and I wonder if it will be a struggle?

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