There were Two Little Birds--And They Have Flown
Instead of Amazon, Indiebound

I am no longer associated with

I am writing this post to tell readers of my blog that I am no longer associated with In the past, if you clicked on the link to my books (shown in the right hand column), and purchased them or any other products from, I received a small "advertising fee." No more. There is a new California State Law that will require them to charge sales tax, and their response was to drop all California affiliates.

The links to probably still work fine, but I will not receive any fees if you purchase from them. I have been in the process of changing the links to, a web store created by an association of independent bookstores. I will try to finish that job ASAP. In the meantime, I suggest that if you want to purchase my books online, you do so by going to the website of

Following are excerpts from the two messages I received today from

Excerpts from he first letter:


For well over a decade, the Amazon Associates Program has worked with thousands of California residents. Unfortunately, a potential new law that may be signed by Governor Brown compels us to terminate this program for California-based participants. It specifically imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers - including but not limited to those referred by California-based marketing affiliates like you - even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state.

As a result, we will terminate contracts with all California residents that are participants in the Amazon Associates Program as of the date (if any) that the California law becomes effective. We will send a follow-up notice to you confirming the termination date if the California law is enacted."

Then tonight, a message arrived that began thus:

"Unfortunately, Governor Brown has signed into law the bill that we emailed you about earlier today. As a result of this, contracts with all California residents participating in the Amazon Associates Program are terminated effective today, June 29, 2011."



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I received that exact same letter. Thank you for the link to indiebound.

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