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Scripturient: Dear Amazon…

Dear Amazon: Hello, it’s me, Ian. Yes, that’s right, the crazy guy who orders all those books. Yeah, the history books, the science books, the philosophy books, the ones on leadership and politics… you know, the guy who spends at lea… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Dear Amazon…

CuriosityCat: Authors: A simple and effective marketing plan for your books

Welcome to my latest book, written for authors who wish to better market their books, and for all those who use social media in some form or another.

Based on proven marketing methods, Small Steps to Bigger Book Sales is for every author with books to sell, or anyone who wishes to improve . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Authors: A simple and effective marketing plan for your books

The Disaffected Lib: A Tipping Point of Amazonian Proportions

It’s the largest and wealthiest city in South America.  With a population of 12-million, Sao Paulo, Brazil, came to be known as “Cidade da Garoa” or the city of drizzle.  

The once reliable drizzle resulted from the hydrological cycle of the Amazon rainforest.  It’s what made Sao Paulo capable of growing to 12-million. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: A Tipping Point of Amazonian Proportions

CuriosityCat: Shameless self-promotion: Review of my Purrfect Way Book

Thought I would give my how-to book another shameless plug – the delightful review on Amazon of my book, Your Purrfect Way to Publish & Promote Your Amazon & Kindle Books said it all, I think. Join the revolution! You know that you are a Rebel. The chances of a north American writer finding . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Shameless self-promotion: Review of my Purrfect Way Book

Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Amazon vs Apple

While Apple is a wildly profitable money printing machine that hoards its cash and returns billions to shareholders, Amazon makes no official profit. As Benedict Evans points out, this is just a sleight of hand for Amazon has numerous profitable businesses, it is just that it reinvests every penny back into the business (or, more . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Amazon vs Apple

Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Amazon vs Apple

While Apple is a wildly profitable money printing machine that hoards its cash and returns billions to shareholders, Amazon makes no official profit. As Benedict Evans points out, this is just a sleight of hand for Amazon has numerous profitable busine… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Amazon vs Apple

Political Eh-conomy: The more things change… Amazon’s “anticipatory shipping” and the village square

Media outlets recently publicized Amazon’s patent for what it calls “anticipatory shipping.” The premise is as simple as it is creepy: Amazon will charge and ship items before customers have the chance to buy them themselves. In other words, Amazon knows what you want and is happy to spare you the trouble and effort of . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: The more things change… Amazon’s “anticipatory shipping” and the village square

Political Eh-conomy: Precarious workers or satisfied customers: a fine line for giant retailers

This post is an appendix of sorts to my article, “Fired by Walmart for Christmas”, to be published this weekend by Common Dreams. In the article, I describe the stresses and difficulties faced by Walmart workers during the holidays. Overwork, a climate of fear and barely-organized chaos make for taxing shifts at work. Low wages, . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Precarious workers or satisfied customers: a fine line for giant retailers

The Disaffected Lib: France Rebuffs Amazon

Amazon is the biggest threat to independent booksellers and it’s a huge threat.  It offers deals on books the indies often can’t match and usually throws in free shipping to boot.   Why that should matter to all of us is that excessive domination of the market by a mega-seller reduces competition and, ultimately, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: France Rebuffs Amazon

CuriosityCat: My new thriller: Terrorists, kidnappings & assorted mayhem

… with an epilogue showing a small terrorist-hunting Dane placing five red roses on a grave while he says: “We got them, Marc. All of them.” This is what Cupid’s Crescent (now available as softcover print on demand on Amazon at $9.99 and as a Kindle eBook for only 99 cents) is about: In . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: My new thriller: Terrorists, kidnappings & assorted mayhem

CuriosityCat: Your Purrfect Way to Publish & Promote Your Amazon & Kindle Books

After more than a year of research, my latest book is now published as a Kindle eBook (only 99 cents) and will shortly be available as a printed soft cover book from Amazon’s CreateSpace print on demand arm. What is this book about? I am as pleased as Punch with this contribution to the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Your Purrfect Way to Publish & Promote Your Amazon & Kindle Books

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Get The Fridgularity free on Kindle — today and tomorrow!

Chill out. It’s only the technological singularity. Okay, this is absolutely your LAST CHANCE to get a copy of my new book for free. Get on the bandwagon early! Check out some of the great reviews this book is getting: … Continue reading →

350 or bust: Brazilian Court Suspends Work on Mega-Dam Set To Destroy Rainforest, Indigenous Peoples

Something to celebrate! For decades, the Brazilian government has had plans to build the third-largest hydroelectric dam in the world in Amazonia. This mega-project would drown large areas of pristine rainforest and displace the resident indigenous peoples from their homelands. After protests by the affected tribes supported by a worldwide campaign appealing to the parliament . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Brazilian Court Suspends Work on Mega-Dam Set To Destroy Rainforest, Indigenous Peoples

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Is it worth it?

Sometimes writing seems like a lonely, pointless, and possibly self-destructive activity. I mean, I COULD be doing other things with my time. Then you get a review like this, and it all seems worthwhile: LOL! So many times I found … Continue reading →

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