Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Blog Changes

Well, by now most of you have heard about the government's latest Big Brother attempt to take away our civil rights, so I won't repeat it here. Needless to say, there will be some changes around here since the government finds harassing bloggers more important than global warming, poverty, hunger, murder, terrorism, and health care reform.

  • I'm still debating on whether to continue accepting books to review since I don't want to be thrown in jail for reading a book. We still aren't Communist here. Yet.
  • I'm also seriously considering stopping reviewing books entirely. I'm not a big fan of Russian Roulette and don't want to find out that my reviewing the new Dan Brown is going to send me to a Gulag.
  • In any case, going forward I will no longer provide Amazon links for books. You'll simply have to look the book up on your own if you want to get more information or to buy it. Sorry.
  • I already note where I get most books from when I review them, but I'll now be identifying each book's origin (library, publisher, personal collection, author, friend, etc.) no matter where they came from.
  • I am also discontinuing Mailbox Monday and Library Loot. I don't want to go to jail for mentioning that I ordered a book from a book trading site for a friend.
  • I will also be discontinuing all Twitter Feeds and no longer making book update comments on Twitter since that is potentially jail worthy as well.
  • I will also no longer be cross posting my reviews on Amazon. It's just not worth the potential cost to my freedom and bank balance.

Hopefully this will keep Big Brother happy. If not, you can see my trial on Court TV. Just call me O.J.


Neas Nuttiness said...

I've been thinking the about doing the same think at my place.

I Heart Book Gossip said...

OMG! THANK YOU for telling us this. I never knew until recently. Does this mean I have to take down my mailbox and library posts? When does this new rule come into effect?

Christy Pinheiro, EA ABA said...

Beth, the law has not yet taken effect. In fact, it might be going to court. I think that the IRS might have something to do with it-- something along the same lines as when they went after the "goody-bags" for celebrities. I also think that the FTC is trying to curb paid reviews (not sure why, since Kirkus is HUGE).

Why don't you just consider making all you reviews PAID reviews and posting that prominently on your blog? That's what Kirkus does.

Ryan G said...

I'm not sure what to say right Happy Halloween!

bookmagic said...

Ditto Ryan

Beth said...

I guess I was a bit vitriolic, but I am so disgusted that the government has nothing better to do with their time and our money.

Next time I'll try to go a little lighter in tone and leave out the gulag. :)

Kaye said...

Beth, I can sympathise with your vitriol because this whole thing makes me sick! With all the problems we face in this country, the govt. has to worry about this. We may as well just throw the constitution out the window since we really don't use it anymore. The big brother aspect of it is absolutely frightening, not to mention ludicrous.

pippirose said...

I'm so disgusted--it's even worse than censoring books! Here in Canada, it's not at that point...yet!
You'd think they could spend their time...oh, maybe chasing online sexual predators...finding kiddie porn perps!
Shame on them...

Irene Yeates said...

I agree with Christy Pinheiro. I got wind of this about the time I was considering starting a blog. Now I am waiting.

I Heart Book Gossip said...

Are we allowed to accet ARCS and are we allowed to review them?

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