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December 29, 2009


Lexi Revellian

Here's to a great 2010, Agatho!

The BookHarpie

The interesting thing about Amazon's Vine is that most of the books are not ARCs but books that have been out for anywhere from a month to a year that sank-from-sight. If you've read any of the Vine participants posts, you'd know that they frequently complain, and even laugh, about how poor the selection is.

So perhaps the problem is the not the every-man reviews, but the quality of the offerings.

And it would be interesting to see if books that received poor ratings from the 'Viners' had sales that would indicate that their opinions were incorrect. You know... facts.

AGATHO RESPONDS: Actually, while I respect differing opinions, you are not fully correct about the Vine program. This is the description of the program directly from Amazon: "Amazon Vine™ is a program that enables a select group of Amazon customers to post opinions about new and pre-release items to help their fellow customers make educated purchase decisions. Customers are invited to become Amazon Vine™ Voices based on the trust they have earned in the Amazon community for writing accurate and insightful reviews. Amazon provides Amazon Vine™ members with free copies of products that have been submitted to the program by vendors. Amazon does not influence the opinions of Amazon Vine™ members, nor do we modify or edit their reviews." We were invited to take part for prepublication titles, and declined. And we are glad we did; and I stand by my assertion that gleeful assassination of titles is happening. Finally, I note that the "laughable" selection of books does not seem to prevent Viners from accepting them and then taking out their frustrations in a public forum.

Linda Adams

About two years ago, I won a painting from a book contest for a mystery series about art. By the time the artist/writer had finished the painting, the publisher had dropped the book series. I think it was about two books in.

It's a shame though that the publishers are relying on the big names--I've read a number of them for years, and I'm finding that many of them just aren't producing good books. That certainly has influenced my buying. So has the price of books, which just went up another dollar. I love to read and would buy more fiction, but it's so expensive!

Margy Rydzynski

I wonder how this will all pan out, and whether or not some new initiatives will be led by self-publishing and self-marketing.

Thanks for the insights. I read your blog regularly and enjoy it.


Just followed over here from Sandra Ruttan's link.

I'm still dithering about a Kindle myself.

You certainly paint a bleak picture, I hope this years reality turns out to be a little more optimistic.

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