How Amazon.com funds this blog

Speaking of buying that Bo Giertz novel through this blog reminded me to thank all of you who are using Cranach as your Amazon portal.  Going to that site from here, using the Amazon search box in the sidebar, gives this blog a commission on whatever you buy.  The commission starts at 4% (though I’m getting 6% because of how much I’ve sold).  That’s not much, but you all really buy a lot of books.  And since Amazon.com now sells about everything, some of you are buying major appliances, such as ovens, through my site, giving my earnings a big boost!  I’m making from $25 to $100 every month, which more than covers the expenses of this little hobby.  (Cranach readers buy more books than click Google ads.  Those are making me nothing.  But that’s a sign of your sophistication.)  So thanks to everyone who has been patronizing my virtual department store. And for those of you who haven’t, if you ever need a book. . . or an oven. . .I’d be much obliged if you would start your Amazon search from that widget below the Lucas Cranach information.

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About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://daybydayathomeaway.blogspot.com/ Ewe

    What are you doing with the profits after funding this blog? Giving it to your church or missions?

  • http://daybydayathomeaway.blogspot.com/ Ewe

    What are you doing with the profits after funding this blog? Giving it to your church or missions?

  • Tom Hering

    I hope you’re spending it on good beer and cigars! :-)

  • Tom Hering

    I hope you’re spending it on good beer and cigars! :-)

  • http://lutherama.blogspot.com Dr. Luther in 21st Century

    More books sounds like a good use.

  • http://lutherama.blogspot.com Dr. Luther in 21st Century

    More books sounds like a good use.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Ewe, if you must know, I have a special bank account where I park the income from my writings, including what Amazon automatically deposits. That is my “discretionary account,” distinct from the regular family budget, from which I pay for this blog, buy my books, contribute to particular charities on top of our regular giving to church, etc. Why did you need to know that? If my “profits” went to pay the mortgage and buy food for my family, would that make them illegitimate? My “profits” from this blog are so small–despite the MANY hours I put into this thing–that they would make no dent in our mortgage or food bill, so I use them for smaller things.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Ewe, if you must know, I have a special bank account where I park the income from my writings, including what Amazon automatically deposits. That is my “discretionary account,” distinct from the regular family budget, from which I pay for this blog, buy my books, contribute to particular charities on top of our regular giving to church, etc. Why did you need to know that? If my “profits” went to pay the mortgage and buy food for my family, would that make them illegitimate? My “profits” from this blog are so small–despite the MANY hours I put into this thing–that they would make no dent in our mortgage or food bill, so I use them for smaller things.

  • DonS

    I do buy quite a bit from Amazon so I will try to remember to do so through your link in the future.

    We very much appreciate the time and effort you put into this blog — clearly a labor of love and not for profit :-)

  • DonS

    I do buy quite a bit from Amazon so I will try to remember to do so through your link in the future.

    We very much appreciate the time and effort you put into this blog — clearly a labor of love and not for profit :-)

  • A.D.P.

    Oh, nice! I typically go through the link at goodshop.com (I search/shop for the Lutheran Heritage Foundation!) to get to Amazon, but they only give 1.5% kickback there. Why are they so stingy to charities compared to individuals?

  • A.D.P.

    Oh, nice! I typically go through the link at goodshop.com (I search/shop for the Lutheran Heritage Foundation!) to get to Amazon, but they only give 1.5% kickback there. Why are they so stingy to charities compared to individuals?

  • –helen

    ADP:
    I expect amazon.com has found that individuals with a following inspire more book buying than charities.

  • –helen

    ADP:
    I expect amazon.com has found that individuals with a following inspire more book buying than charities.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    It is a sliding scale. But I believe it starts at 4%. I suspect goodshop.com also takes a cut for their service. Does Lutheran Heritage have a portal of their own? Then they could get all of it.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    It is a sliding scale. But I believe it starts at 4%. I suspect goodshop.com also takes a cut for their service. Does Lutheran Heritage have a portal of their own? Then they could get all of it.


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