An Update, A Question & Some Observations

Well, try as we might — and we really did try — Kate Paulk’s Knights in Tarnished Armor did not go up on our site yesterday. Believe me, it wasn’t for lack of trying. It’s not even because we didn’t get it done. We did. The issue is, yet again, a problem between our web host and Virtuemart. In the meantime, KITA is in the process of going live on Amazon and B&N, as well as Smashwords. Hopefully, it will be available shortly. In the meantime, a trouble ticket has been sent to the web host.

So here’s the question.  Do any of you know of a good shopping cart program that will integrate with Joomla 1.5 or 1.6 AND allow for downloadable content?  If you do, leave a comment and we’ll check it out.  If we act on your comment, you will be rewarded with your choice of three of our titles for free.

In the ongoing struggle surrounding Barnes & Noble, it’s been reported that Bill Ackman, who owns something like 37% of Borders, has offered to finance a takeover of B&N by Borders.  Both companies have been struggling.  I’m not sure if I think either taking over the other is a good thing.  But I am all for doing whatever is necessary to keep more bookstores from closing.

I guess my biggest concern with a potential buyout by Borders is based on the customer service — or lack thereof — I’ve seen at too many Borders stores over the last few years.  Couple that with a decline in the amount of stock the local Borders stores seems to keep on hand and, well, I worry.  Our local B&N stores have been the polar opposites.  They’ve had great customer service and their stock has been much greater and with a wider variety than Borders.  Still, if a merger or take-over would keep the stores open, I’ll keep an open mind about it.

The latest to make the foray into social media, sort of, is  There’s a good article about it in the NY Times today where it is described as “a sort of literary Facebook for the teenage set” .  So, if you know a teen who is interested in writing, you might point them in Figment’s direction.  Of course, check it out yourself first and, remember, this is not an endorsement of Figment or any other site or program like it.  And, as with any online community, safeguards probably should be taken.

That’s it for now.  We’ll be back with updates on KITA as we get them.


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