Books, Books, and More Books: Introducing the Cold Climate Gardening virtual bookstore

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A selection of my gardening books
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.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

What differentiates a bulb from a perennial plant is that the nourishment for the flower is stored within the bulb itself.…There is something miraculous about the way that a little grenade of dried up tissue can explode into a complete flower.

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener pp. 142

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Kathy Purdy December 5, 2006, 2:17 pm

Thank you, firefly, it’s a work in progress. I have more categories to add, and I’m open to suggestions.

firefly December 5, 2006, 2:12 pm

Wow. What an impressive list, especially the native plants and naturalistic planting sublists. I’ve bookmarked the store and the next time I purchase garden books (some of the titles are on my existing list) I’ll be sure to do it here.

I’m grateful that you took the time to compile this list of titles — as a beginner, I find pointers like these a big help!

M Sinclair Stevens (Texas) December 5, 2006, 10:32 am

I have toyed with the Amazon idea for years, especially since I have two speciality book genres (gardening and Japan) in which I’ve collected and read hundreds of books. And the accountants know that I buy a great deal of books from Amazon so it seems fair that I share a bit in the wealth I generate for them.

I’m always getting bored with my old blogs and wanting to start new ones–or at least incorporate new writing projects. The one I’ve been thinking of lately is 365 days of book reviews. Could I write a book review a day? I hate to commit myself to any project because I’m so easily diverted. Maybe I’ll just investigate the Amazon angle again.

Kathy Purdy December 5, 2006, 7:17 am

Yes. Anything that is ordered in the same session as the original click-through generates a commission for me. Since Amazon is promoting the aStore concept, they have increased the commission when items are ordered by clicking through the store, as opposed to a link to a book (such as are in the book reviews).

Carol December 4, 2006, 10:55 pm

My family certainly waits for me to provide a list. They might want to buy me a new hoe, but wouldn’t know if it was one I already had.

What happens if I go to your Amazon store, but end up ordering something you haven’t selected? Do you still get a commission?