First: Paypal. I've received a few messages asking why I haven't talked about Paypal's decision to dictate terms to booksellers about what they can and cannot sell. If you haven't read Jane's summary of all the important facts, that's the best source of information I've found.
Paypal's decision baffles me. I do not understand why they're attempting to dictate content sold by publishers. I do not understand why they're doing this, and it makes no sense on several levels. And of course the terms under which they are attempting to restrict content are all focused on sexuality, and not violence.
But it's not like Paypal has a great record for being logical. Paypal screwed over Regretsy and didn't reverse their decision until the wrath of the internet was visited upon them, and they've shut off services for over other small businesses that sold erotic content. Paypal is doing what Paypal has done for awhile – in other words, like my husband says when someone does something that isn't surprising but drives me nuts anyway, “Expected behavior is expected.”
So my own best option is to not do business with Paypal if I can avoid it. I do have some other options. But as Jane reported, there aren't alternate options for everyone, particularly those doing business overseas, who may not be able to cash checks in US dollars.
The larger issue, obviously, is that Paypal has the market presence and dominance to tell booksellers what they can and cannot sell, and can, by virtue of being the biggest transaction service, police content. And sine they are the dominant entity, there's little to do except yell loudly and explore other options.
What do you use Paypal for? Are you changing your habits to use another company for online transactions? What services aside from Paypal do you recommend?
The Popular Romance Project has a very cool video interview with cover artist Patricia Schmitt. What's amazing to me is that she is self-taught.
Lord knows Amazon is like a honey badger: it really doesn't give a shit. “It just takes what it wants. Honey badger don't care.” And I don't fault the honey badger for being how it is any more than I fault Amazon for doing what's in its best interests business-wise. In other words, I don't expect honey badgers or Amazon to be cuddly.
And finally: for those of you that love comic super heroes, have a look at this free ebook from John Wiley & Sons publishing, Superheroes: The Best of Philosophy and Pop Culture. It's a free preview, but if you look at the reviews online, it seems to be a very thought-provoking book, ideal for those of you who love comic Superheroes.