Most people who visit here probably never noticed links to Amazon.com books or self-sufficiency products. I have been an Amazon Associate for a very long time, although I've never made more than enough to get a "free" book every so often. While I occasionally share links to books or products that I like (often more for informational purposes than for income), it's never been a huge part of the blog.
As such, most people probably won't notice that I've removed the affiliate links, because a recently passed Maine law now requires Amazon (and probably other online vendors) to charge Maine residents a sales tax (and to forward that tax to the State of Maine). According to the email message I received, Amazon.com is closing the accounts of all affiliates from Maine and will no longer accept applications from Maine residents.
I also learned that shipment of our book Browsing Nature's Aisles, which was preordered through Amazon.com by some people here in Maine, has been delayed. I don't know if it is related to this law or if there was some printing SNAFU, but I do know that the book has been printed and is available, because I have 100 or so copies in my dining room, and the bookstore at the Mother Earth News Fair had copies.
If you live in Maine (or anywhere, really), and you're interested in getting a copy of our book, and you'd like an autographed copy, you can order it straight from us, right here.
If you've preordered a copy from Amazon.com, and you don't live in Maine, but your copy has been delayed, please let me know. I'd be curious to find out why the book is being delayed.