kyle cassidy (kylecassidy) wrote,
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#luluFail?

A few months ago trillian_stars and I went to Lousiana where I had an awesome art show. While we were there, we went to see the Lower 9th Ward with a couple of our local friends. And over the course of an hour or so, I took some photos. I made a .pdf of it and posted it to my blog, as I occasionally do with travel photos. A few people said they wanted printed copies, so I uploaded the .pdf to lulu.com the on-demand publisher, with this as the description:

One of Kyle Cassidy's travel diaries. This contains 32 pages of images and text from New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward. People should ONLY purchase this if it's because they want something to hold in their hands. A .pdf is available for free on www.kylecassidy.com. This is not a "book" -- it's just my travel diary, the same one I emailed you if I know you.

Three people got their printed copies, and I promptly forgot about it.

Well imagine my suprise and angst when I got a note from Lulu recently saying that my "book" had been "chosen" to be listed on amazon.com. Ahem? It's a blog-fodder travel diary comprising an hours worth of photos -- certainly not ready for prime time, and not something I want people to think is my serious work (which is seriouser than serious cat). I don't think anybody bothered to look at it and that miffed me, that they were just grabbing things at random and making it sound like people had won the lottery.

I was immediately concerned that people looking for me on amazon would find that "book" and think that I was trying to pass self published pieces off as legitimate work. I responded to lulu immediately saying I absoutely didn't want it listed on amazon thankyouverymuch.

Well ... imagine my suprise it's listed on amazon anyway, with the aparantly completely made up "You're Like No Tourist I've Ever Seen Books - London, Reykjavik" listed as the publisher.

Don't buy it, but I invite you all to go and post outrageous reviews of it. In fact, the person who posts the most interesting review will get a print from "the book" to hang on their wall. The less it actually has to do with New Orleans the better -- bonus points if you mention both a cryptozoological animal and James K. Polk.
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