The Good-Reading Prince Discovers Royalties

HAMLET: To-read or not to-read? That is the question. OPHELIA: Don't tell me. Goodreads member, right? HAMLET: How did you know? Art thou a mind reader? OPHELIA: A profile reader, you great, fool Dane. 87 books "read" and 8,777 books "to-read," I see. HAMLET: Uh, what are you doing here, anyway? Do you not understand …

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Amazon, Again. Still.

Ah, Amazon dot all-is-never-calm. Because it's true what they say: The more you eat, the hungrier you get. With people, eating begets eating (thus the obesity epidemic). With corporations, jonesing money begets jonesing money (thus, in Amazon's case, the something-silly profits). I've already complained about Amazon's insatiable appetite on these pages, especially as seen through …

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For Authors, Goodreads’ “Giveaway” Program Becomes a Misnomer

News Flash: Four days remain for Goodreads members to sign up for a free copy of my new book, Lost Sherpa of Happiness. If you do the Goodreads thing, you can sign up for a lightning bolt's chance here. I've spoken to the GR's Giveaway program before on these pages and have decidedly ambivalent feelings about …

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Take the Free Book (and the Long Odds)!

I've written about Goodreads' Book Giveaways before. To say the least, I have ambivalent feelings. On the one hand, they're good publicity for the little guy (read: humble author) who's lost in a big jungle (read: the published world). On the other hand, the odds of winning (meaning you) are longer than a certain island …

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The Tricky Ethics of Goodreads Giveaway Program

Everybody loves freebies and, if you're a bibliophile like me, you especially love it when that freebie is a book. Welcome to the Goodreads Giveaway, a program where GR's reading millions can get in on some free action by simply registering for the many, many books that site offers for free consumption. Of course, giveaways …

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Dean Young on Reckless Poetry

Here's my review on Dean Young's _The Art of Recklessness_. I read it because I could use a little shaking up. Hell, everybody can. Seems everyone's writing the same poem sixty-seven different ways (that look amazingly similar), my and self included. Young, who has a facility for flights and fancies, makes it look easy--then talks …

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You Won’t Find This Quiz on Goodreads*

*But if you did and took it, you'd probably be in first place thanks to this sneak preview.   Nota bene: This quiz is for experts--that is, anyone who has ever read a poem (ANY poem, even "Roses Are Red--Still"). Having read The Indifferent World itself is not a requirement. It only helps a little, I …

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Playing Favorites with Your Own Poems

As any parent knows, you don't play favorites among your kids. You can HAVE a favorite, of course, but you take that scandalous secret to your grave. If you have a toothpick of common sense, that is. For your children, circumspection is clearly called for, but what about your poems? Publish a book and people …

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