You may have noticed I have been writing a lot of book reviews lately. There is a good reason for that. I have been spiffing up my Amazon store. For those of you who don’t keep up on these things (and why should you?), Amazon has given its associates the opportunity to create virtual stores stocked with products of the associate’s choosing. When visitors to an associate’s aStore click on something they find there, and purchase something in the same visit, the associate (in this case, me) gets a commission.
All well and good, except hardly anyone buys anything. That’s okay, because the real appeal of this for me is making people aware of all the good books out there. Let’s face it, the choices are overwhelming, so I whittle down the options to make browsing easier for you. Even I didn’t realize how many regional gardening books are out there, for example. That’s right, I haven’t read all the books in my “store.” I do usually start out with books I have read, and then search for similar books to round out the collection. And as I’ve been going through Amazon’s extensive collection, I decided to write reviews of some of the best cold climate books, the ones I deemed worthy of the front page, to add some copy to the store and flesh out the pages of my website as well.
Did you ever notice how garden magazines and newspapers everywhere run “great gifts for gardeners” type articles at this time of the year? But who’s reading them? Generally, there’s only one fanatical gardener in the family, and that’s who’s reading the what-to-get article. Not the one shopping for the gardener. No, the clueless shopper is standing in the aisle of a big box store, scratching his or her head. That’s why the smart gardener drops big hints, or better yet, writes a wish list. That’s what I think my little virtual store is best at–helping you write that list for the shopper in your life.