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Very sad.

There was not a single name on there I recognized.

Last time I tried that, there were a whole heap of names I knew.

Glynn Stewart shares some fans with me. His name wasn't even there.

That probably explains why my income is tanking. I'm no longer getting any exposure on the books of the authors my fans share.

That would be the result of the also-bought slider finally vanishing completely.
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Physical stores for physical products are probably the way to go - because you can pick out a pristine book, or maybe find a slightly damaged one at a discount.
Agreed--when you can find physical bookstores. I used to have five or six Borders in easy driving distance and about as many Barnes and Nobles, as well as a few others. Now I have one B & N with poor parking. There are a few indie stores still, but they're quite a distance away.

The physical book stores failed me long before the eBook became a thing.

When I found Kindle in 2013, I suddenly found so many great books which had never been released in Australia.

As far as them now is concerned, I do don't do physical stores anymore.

Even when I have to visit a doc, and there's a JBHiFI in the same building, I don't go in anymore. I go home and order online.

Yeah, I'm a card carrying hermit now. And for a while, I was even government approved.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: "Shopping on Amazon has gotten worse" - ?
« Last post by elleoco on Today at 10:04:38 AM »
Hmm. I really dislike the last Kindle update. I don't want to see itty bitty book covers in gray, thank you, and it's IMO less convenient in other ways. However, it's still pretty much all I read on, and I don't have ads anywhere, but then I never look at what they now call the Home screen and have no idea what I'd see there, just know it's a bunch of covers. I stick to the "Library" screen.
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Physical stores for physical products are probably the way to go - because you can pick out a pristine book, or maybe find a slightly damaged one at a discount.
Agreed--when you can find physical bookstores. I used to have five or six Borders in easy driving distance and about as many Barnes and Nobles, as well as a few others. Now I have one B & N with poor parking. There are a few indie stores still, but they're quite a distance away.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Mastodon Yeah or Nay?
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on Today at 04:39:29 AM »
I think social media platforms that are actually for socializing rather than a way of aggregating people to serve them advertising might be a nice change. Unfortunately, that doesn't give a company much incentive to run the platform. But I would quickly move all my online socializing to to such a platform and never look back. I use Twitter and Facebook pretty much only for advertising these days, anyway. And AMS, for all its faults, works better for me even as far as advertising is concerned.

Speaking of which, Twitter has lost ten of its twenty top advertisers, and some of the others have reduced their ad spends.

Also, apparently Musk cut too fast. One of the things that went was the Data Protection Officer (that the company is required to have under GDPR). That caused a fuss in Europe, though I'm sure it can be remedied pretty quickly. But there is some risk that Twitter, allowed to deal exclusively with Irish authorities (easier than having to deal with each country separately) may lose that special consideration and have a lot more hassle. Some European authorities are already unnerved by the idea that user data may not be safe on Twitter anymore. That could be just speculation, but I can see the theory behind it. If a company is out of it enough to cut its DPO, what else that it needs might it have cut by accident?

I've also read that one of Twitter's officers, I think the vp of public policy, filed for and received an injunction preventing Musk from firing her. (She's allegedly been working over 70 hours a week but didn't respond to his email asking her to commit to a more intense working experience. Gee, I wonder why.)

I'm having a harder and harder time imagining how this is going to work out well.



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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Mastodon Yeah or Nay?
« Last post by Wonder on Today at 03:42:05 AM »
RE: Mastodon

Decentralized services sound nice in theory, but I'm not convinced it will be a realistic alternative. Discoverability seems like it will be more difficult, and the fractured nature seems not as intuitive as an end user, especially when trying to find people or a topic to follow. And then every Mastodon server has its own rules... so what, some of your posts are blocked on some Mastodon servers that don't like it? Also, call me cynical, but I fail to see anyone wanting to host these massive social media sites (including file hosting!) out of the goodness of their hearts with no ads or method of monetization for very long. Then what? Corporate-sponsored Mastodon servers? And what if Wendy's doesn't like seeing Chick-fil-a on their server? (Although, I suppose whether or not we would want companies on social media can be an entirely separate conversation)

As an interesting anecdote, one of my friends in a different industry mentioned that he's actually getting more engagement on Mastodon than on Twitter. I don't think there's any harm in, if nothing else, duplicating posts across Twitter and Mastodon. But that's more work. It depends where your readers are.

I do currently use Twitter. If it goes away, I may see how many people migrate to Mastodon. Otherwise I might go back to Tumblr or hosting my own blog. Social media is always evolving. Companies rise and fall, tastes across generations change. If nothing else, the Twitter debacle is a reminder to stay on your toes.

Well said. I've been on Mastodon for a while (since before the Twitter blow up) and I've found it to be a great place for making internet friends and chatting with other writers, but it's not really a marketing platform. Honestly? That's part of the charm. People who go to Mastodon expecting it to be Twitter may be disappointed. A lot of features that make it pleasant for humans make it less than ideal for marketing.

Wonder
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Ah, but the modern world says we were born to be consumers of everything our bank overdrafts allow and nothing more, so we must consume.  Yet sounds like many here would prefer a return to the ancient days of the milkman's morning visit, mail delivered three times a day and veggies that taste like veggies.  And a good book readily found.  Count me w/you.
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Yes, that's my pet peeve, too. I want that author's books; that's why I entered that author's name. Duh.

I'm also not interested in seeing a slider of other not book products.

When I want something else, I'll search for it, or more likely find it on google first.

When I want a book to read, I'm not at all interested in anything else, and seeing other sh*t on a book page is annoying. especially when it's replacing the also-bought slider which used to be the main way I found new reading.
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We (as a household - me and one of my sons) buy a lot of different things from Amazon. We have a prime account and as well as being 'free' their delivery service is second to none around here for speed and reliability. What really annoys me is searching for Kindle books. Even if you search by a specific author name the results are full of books by other authors because of advertising. The books appear out of any sensible order and you have to click again to see all the books in a series.

Yes, that's my pet peeve, too. I want that author's books; that's why I entered that author's name. Duh.
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