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Apr 09, 2013 02:50AM

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Mar 29, 2013 03:32AM

26989 Oh, this is very, very bad news. Amazon requires proof of purchase for anyone to post reviews. I’ve posted lots of reviews or stars of past reads that I never purchased on Amazon, including classics and older releases that I bought before Amazon even existed.

Once Amazon gets their teeth sunk into restricting what and how reviewers compose their lists and rank their books or libraries, we’re all cooked. Reflections and reviews of older books will sink.

Only new releases that make money for Amazon through fresh sales will get backstage support. They've already started making their peace with the Big 6 publishers and having built the Kindle on the back of indie freebies, started sending out memos to authors who complain of slow reports that its time to go exclusive with Amazon and drop other sales distribution channels.

The wonderful thing about Goodreads was that it was independent. It was a vibrant community that had its share of trolls, but at least it was independent of Amazon’s algorithms. It offered a completely different spread of data.

Now, let me get this straight—Amazon owns ALL THREE reader’s platforms, Shelfari, Library Thing, Goodreads, plus their own reviewing sections??

They neglected Library Thing, which I also love for its long and thoughtful reviews, and particularly value for its Library Thing Early Reviewer scheme and it seems that they just killed Shelfari with equal neglect. Are they trying to improve Goodreads or kill it off, too?

How could any update of a clunky interface compensate for the complete monopoly Amazon has just wrested from the marketplace over discoverability?

At what point now does Amazon strangle out reviews and comments on books not purchased via Amazon? At what point do they start to skew the ratings and recommendations towards the books they themselves publish and sell through their own publishing arm? At what point do they push KDP Select books to the disadvantage of classics sold for free, and away from indie authors who publish directly to the iBookstore, Sony, Kobo, etc or via the distribution channels of Smashwords?

At what point does someone else try yet again to set up a reading platform that works, is user-friendly and is independent of Amazon?

I think when I read that Amazon has acquired Smashwords, I’ll just go drink my lethal dose of henbane and lie down in submission.

And one more thing. Did Otis Chandler consider, as he pocketed some enormous sum of money for selling GR, that he's just done an Arianna Huffington?Made a great deal of profit off the backs of thousands of volunteer librarians and reviewers without any true regard for why they contributed to an independent site?

Do those commendable volunteer librarians now want to labor hour upon hour cataloguing and correcting for free to enhance a Jeff Bezos product line?
Mar 13, 2013 02:12AM

26989 With the moderator's permission, I'd like to mention my darkly humorous novel, Under Their Skin by Dinah Lee KüngUnder Their Skin
a multi-layered love story set in Geneva between a laser doctor and a birthmarked violinist.
The running subplot features a yakuza on the run having his full body tattoo removed by the doctor. The images on Shino's body highlight motifs and themes running through the story, like a visual Greek chorus.

The Japanese bagman's life story also illustrates traditional Japanese attitudes towards these extraordinary tattoos for the western reader.
Happy reading,
Thanks,
Dinah Lee Küng
Mar 03, 2012 01:31AM

26989 Today we're into Day Two of the five-day FREE giveaway of Under Their Skin by Dinah Lee KüngUnder Their Skin.

My thanks to the hundreds of readers who've already downloaded. It's great to see a literary novel arouse such interest in a new audience.

Dinah Lee Küng A Visit from Voltaire by Dinah Lee Küng Love and the Art of War by Dinah Lee Küng
Jan 20, 2012 12:57AM

26989 LOVE AND THE ART OF WAR, a comic novel,
Last day FREE!
Love and the Art of War by Dinah Lee Küng
A London librarian is losing her job, her man and, possibly even her mind. Enrolling in an evening class, "Mending Marriage or Decent Divorce," Jane ends up by mistake with a handful of oddball businessmen studying military genius Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" and China's legendary Thirty-six Battle Stratagems.
Professor Baldwin suggests Jane give his class a try before joining the course for abandoned ladies next door. Applying the wiles and wisdom of ancient military sages, he'll train her how to "fight without fighting"—and win back Joe, her career and best of all, her self-esteem.
Can Sun Tzu and his feudal warlords solve the problems of a middle-aged woman in NW1 London, not to mention the dilemmas of her hapless classmates? Overwhelmed by an ageing celebrity mother and an anorexic teen daughter, the distraught Jane has nothing to lose and in fact, gains more from Baldwin's coaching than she bargained for—with hilarious and poignant results.Love and the Art of War
Jan 16, 2012 12:53AM

26989 LOVE AND THE ART OF WAR--FREE FOR FIVE DAYS ON AMAZON'S KINDLE
Love and the Art of War by Dinah Lee KüngLove and the Art of War
As of today, my social comedy set in today's London, Love and the Art of War, goes up as a Kindle on Amazon.com, FREE for five days only.
Already one reader has described it as a "lovable" book which I hope means that the characters, as clumsy and confused as they are, are lovable.

Researching the Chinese stratagems that form the backbone of the humorous plot was the work of years, and I'm still thinking of new ways they can be useful to all of us, even in the most mundane of situations.

Happy reading!

Dinah Lee Küng
(nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction, 2004 for A Visit From Voltaire A Visit From Voltaire by Dinah Lee Küng
26989 For readers who relished my Orange Prize-nominated comedy, A Visit From Voltaire, A Visit from Voltaire by Dinah Lee Küng A Visit From Voltaire by Dinah Lee Küng please enjoy my latest comic novel, while it's FREE on Kindle starting Jan. 16.

"Love and the Art of War," (When fighting for love, get a warlord on your side!)
Love and the Art of War by Dinah Lee Küng
A London librarian is losing her job, her man and, possibly even her mind. Enrolling in an evening class, "Mending Marriage or Decent Divorce," Jane ends up by mistake with a handful of oddball businessmen studying military genius Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" and China's legendary Thirty-six Battle Stratagems.
Professor Baldwin suggests Jane give his class a try before joining the course for abandoned ladies next door. Applying the wiles and wisdom of ancient military sages, he'll train her how to "fight without fighting"—and win back Joe, her career and best of all, her self-esteem.
Can Sun Tzu and his feudal warlords solve the problems of a middle-aged woman in NW1 London, not to mention the dilemmas of her hapless classmates? Overwhelmed by an ageing celebrity mother and an anorexic teen daughter, the distraught Jane has nothing to lose and in fact, gains more from Baldwin's coaching than she bargained for—with hilarious and poignant results.
Introduce Yourself! (13587 new)
Jan 01, 2012 12:51AM

26989 I'm primarily a novelist but in 2008 I won a BBC commendation for a radio play I wrote about a Chinese prisoner in detention He Depu, "Dear Mr. Rogge" which we're now adapting for a stage reading in Geneva in February. I'll post more about it when we get into workshopping it.
(I was nominated for the Orange Prize for fiction in 2004 for A Visit From Voltaire and also authored a trilogy of mysteries set in Hong Kong, The Wardens of Punyu.


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