Amazon’s Recommended for you feature

Here’s something I wish Amazon’s “recommended for you” lists could do*:

– Allow me to mark authors, actors, musicians, etc. whose publications I’d like to follow. And put the material from these on my list. Easy, and in one place. Not having to go everywhere to figure out when all the authors I like have new books out.

– Allow me to, similarly, mark authors, actors, musicians, etc. whose publications I don’t particularly want to follow and avoid putting their material on my recommendation list.

This entry brought to you by “Just because I’ve said I liked, and owned Stargate, doesn’t mean I particularly care for the StarTrek exploits, or any other Sci-Fi television series.” “Just because I liked Ocean’s 11, doesn’t mean I want to buy Tom Cruise’s films.”

I do like the slightly random feel of the list, and I have encountered some stuff on them that I wouldn’t normally do, so the above would be about improving the existing ones.

Also, I’m still missing the “Unrated” option on “Improve your recommendations” that they took away a couple of years ago. Anyone have a trick to this one?

*)If Amazon can already do this, than please let me know.

To Kindle or not to Kindle?

Whenever I mention that I read a lot of electronic books, people tend to ask if I have a Kindle.

So far, I haven’t.

My iPhone, with its Stanza, Bluefire, iBooks and Kindle apps fill that particular niche well. Buying books from various vendors, and not just Amazon broadens my range of which books I own – and not just lease from Amazon…

Continue reading “To Kindle or not to Kindle?”

Oh, Amazon

A while back, I rated Star Wars Episode IV on Amazon. I loved the Star Wars movies as a kid, and I love them now.

The thrill of watching Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca defeat the empire, the agony of watching Luke lose his arm… and the banter going back and forth between Han and Leia. It was a big staple in my video watching.

But what I don’t get is what Amazon decided to recommend me for likibg Star Wars. I get the Star Wars light sabre torch, I do.

But Aigle Junior Lolly Pop Wellies? Really, Amazon? Really?

What are some of your strangest Amazon recommendations?