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#luluFail? [May. 27th, 2009|01:38 pm]
kyle cassidy
[mood |annoyed or amused]

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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[User Picture]From: donnaricci
2009-05-27 06:10 pm (UTC)
Can no longer post reviews unless you have purchased the item.
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[User Picture]From: karohemd
2009-05-27 06:58 pm (UTC)
Damn, this could have been another Hot Shot City. ;)
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[User Picture]From: booboobunnygirl
2009-05-27 06:18 pm (UTC)
done, and done.
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[User Picture]From: ladycelia
2009-05-27 06:30 pm (UTC)
Review sent in!
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[User Picture]From: coffeeman
2009-05-27 06:43 pm (UTC)
Double post?
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[User Picture]From: lillyflowers
2009-05-27 11:48 pm (UTC)

Double post. :)

Gosh you must have hit that enter key with the force of annoyed! Let this stew around in my brain, sharpen both sides of my tongue, and it's pretty likely I'll come up with some witty and scathing remarks.

I don't understand how they can take YOUR work (even if it's your fabulous equivalent to travel snaps) and do anything with it without your permission. Threaten them with copyright infringement!!!!
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[User Picture]From: befers
2009-05-28 12:00 am (UTC)
Doesn't that constitute some sort of copyright infringement, to say the least? Or does lulu get some rights when you post there?
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[User Picture]From: word_gardener
2009-05-28 12:40 pm (UTC)
I remember those posts. I shouldn't think they could do that without your permission. If I think of something clever I will try and add it to the mix.

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[User Picture]From: magicalweasal
2009-05-28 08:05 pm (UTC)
You did double post this. I'm sure you know now, and don't want to remove this one because of the comments it has accumulated.
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