The “Recommended Books” widget was an experiment. The Amazon.com ad was chosen as an attractive way to call attention to books that I thought would be of interest to readers here. The purpose wasn’t to make money, and it didn’t.
I have removed the widget and replaced it with a simple list of books (with non-royalty links to Amazon.com) for these reasons:
- Having affiliate links on the site creates licensing issues for some of the tools I use that are free for non-commercial sites, but pay for commercial sites.
- I believe that the widget makes the pages load slower.
- I never liked animation on web pages that weren’t specifically designed that way. I found the books widget distracting and out of character with the rest of the site.
- The site is now, as it was originally intended, a pure volunteer, non-profit exercise of my right to free speech. There is no conflict of interest.