RE: Morgoth's Ring WAS Off Topic -- Merry Christmas
> Message: 7
> Elizabeth Apgar Triano
> amor vincit omnia
> > It is in Vol. 10 of the History of Middle-earth, "Morgoth's Ring".......
> > I wish it could be reprinted in a more accessible place. I think Vol.
> > 10 was never published in paperback in this country.
> >Message: 8
> Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 20:46:43 -0500
> From: "Elizabeth Apgar Triano" <lizziewriter@...>
> Subject: Morgoth's Ring...
> .. is way cheaper at amazon. But I already have a gift card to Borders.
> If anyone else is thinking of building their Tolkien library, amazon has
> discounts on those additional books, as on most stuff. You can get
> Morgoth's Ring and The Peoples Of Middle-Earth (I think it was) for not
> much more than just the retail cost of MR (and shipping is probably free).
> Gotta love that amazon.
> Looks like they are also offering a way to contribute directly to disaster
> relief for the Asian tidal wave mess.
> I have nothing to do with them financially, I just love that site. Late
> night I sit there for hours surfing recommendations and reviews. It's aThis is a little confusing (for me) because I'm working from the digest, but
> sad state of affairs. lol
> Elizabeth Apgar Triano
> amor vincit omnia
I think both of those messages were from the same person?
Regarding message 7: My hope is that when volume 12 is ready to go into
paperback, 10-12 will all show up at the same time. The only thing I'm
basing this on is that the first nine volumes have been available in sets of
paperbacks, and putting those three together would round out the collection.
This is just a hope...
Regarding message 8: I have amazon.com associate links on my website, but
consider them more a convenience to visitors than a money maker--thank
goodness, or I'd be very disappointed! ;-) I've put some of the links for
the tsunami relief on my site, and from the associate message boards it
sounds as if a lot are doing that. Even some of the ones who complain the
ads are too big and mess up their page layouts have said it's worth it--and,
of course, some of the geekier ones have already come up with alternate
codes to improve the appearance, which they're sharing via the message
boards. But amazon.com has made the HTML for the original link very
accessible, putting it on the main Associates Central page, so even
associates who do nothing more than check in to see their statistics will
I also love using the amazon site for customer reviews of things I don't
plan to buy there, such as computer software and equipment, because I like
getting opinions from users and not just sales hype. I also read the book
reviews, but am more likely to actually *buy* books from them than I am some
of the other items. (I pay special attention when I see a review written by
someone from this list, especially David B.--very helpful reviews!)
Anyway, you don't get credit for buying anything through your own affiliate
links, so when I buy something myself I often go to mythsoc.org for that.
Now, I was behind on email today and have read several of these digests in
one session, so I don't remember where or who this question came from, but
someone asked about the Society receiving the commission if they put
something in their shopping cart but didn't buy it right away. Sounds like
a very simple question, but, well, you know how it goes... The answer is
more complicated than it has any right to be. Here it is, copied and pasted
straight from the associate operating agreement:
You earn referral fees on any qualifying items placed in a customer's
Shopping Cart within 24 hours of their arrival at Amazon.com via your
Associates link. However, this 24-hour window closes once the customer
submits his order or reenters Amazon.com through another Associate's link.
Once the window is closed, you will not earn referral fees on any subsequent
purchases. However, if the customer then returns to Amazon.com through one
of your Associates links, this opens a new 24-hour window.
It is of course possible that a customer may arrive at Amazon.com via your
Associates link, add an item to his Shopping Cart, and then leave Amazon.com
without placing an order. As long as the item was added to the customer's
Shopping Cart during this 24-hour window, you will still earn a referral fee
if the order is placed before the Shopping Cart expires (usually after 90
days). The referral fee will not be credited to your Associates account
until the customer has purchased the item, accepted delivery, and remitted
full payment to Amazon.com.
Most shoppers, of course, don't care about all that, but if you really want
to make sure the commission for your purchase goes to a particular
affiliate, those are the things to pay attention to. One way that
commissions can inadvertently get lost is by a customer placing two orders
during one visit to amazon. Say, for example, someone wants to pay for
items with two separate credit cards, so checks out once, then goes back
without leaving amazon and places a second order. If they entered through
an affiliate link, the affiliate would get credit for only the first order.
More than you wanted to know, I'm sure, but if it helps the Society get a
few more commissions... 8-)