I have two questions on which I'd like clarification.
First is the question of links to vendors. My blogroll includes a fair number of vendors, especially in areas of interest (e.g., Go, shaving). I get no remuneration, and I simply have the links as a convenience to blog readers. Indeed, I won't TAKE remuneration: as I state above the blogroll:
<b>All recommendations are self-initiated and unpaid.</b>
I get no remuneration of any sort---money, discounts, products, services, meals, or gifts---from any of the vendors or manufacturers mentioned in the blog. The services, products, and merchants are mentioned purely because they impressed me and I wanted to share the knowledge. Nor do I get any remuneration from the blog itself, other than the satisfaction of bringing joy into the lives of my several readers. --- LeisureGuy (his mark)
So, first question/clarification: is this list of vendors okay?
Question 2: When I mention books in a post, I always provide a link --- to an ABEbooks.com search if it's readily available as a secondhand book, otherwise a link to the book on Amazon.com. This is just so an interested reader can find the book, to buy if they want. (Similarly, when I mention a movie, I include a link to the movie entry in IMDB.com.)
I'm just publishing a book of my own through Lulu.com -- <i>Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable</i> -- and I would like to have a link to the Lulu storefront for the book---again, as a matter of interest to blog readers, but of course I do get revenue if someone buys the book. Is this allowed? (Right now I have a link to a blog post that I wrote on the same topic, but of course there I get no remuneration.) My thinking is that such a link would be like the link for any other book---except for the remuneration thing.
Thanks for clarifying. Obviously, I don't intend to turn the blog into a storefront. But I would like to give a link to the book.