Here's a fascinating conversation about Amazon, started by Betsy B. at A Fuse # 8 Production; be sure to read the comments in this post, including the ones by Andy Laties. The Horn Book's Roger Sutton weighs in, too. Els at Book Book Book picked up the thread, providing more interesting commentary on the matter. From all of this talk, I realize that I need to read the book The Long Tail, by Chris Anderson, which concerns business and the Internet.
I had some reviews posted at Amazon a while back, but once the news came out that some of the reader-reviewers had actually been paid, I removed my blurbs, thinking it was not the right place for my writing to appear. I did not want to sell books for the company, either, and I was giving away my writing. I do that here on the blog for fun! I still link to Amazon, Powell's, and occasionally Barnes & Noble, but right now receive no commissions from any of them. In general, I prefer the independents like Powell's and Lemuria, but my friends at the local B&N store couldn't be nicer and more helpful.
So, hmm, dilemmas, dilemmas.