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Beware of Forged Signed Books

Always be careful when dealing with autographed books. I do my due diligence and extensive research before dealing any signed book online, especially before selling them on Avalon.ph.

From readingeagle.com:

A Reading man is accused of forging these names and others on books to sell online:

Truman Capote, Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, John Grisham, John Irving, Norman Mailer, James Michener, Annie Proulx, Anne Rice, Philip Roth, Leon Uris, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Wolfe

A Reading man has been indicted on federal charges that he made more than $300,000 over six years by forging the signatures of famous authors on books before selling them to unsuspecting buyers on the auction Web site eBay….”

For the complete story please click here.

PSFK Avalon.ph Interview – Lessons from an Independent Online Bookstore

psfk.comSharing the link of my interview with PSFK.com – Lessons from an Independent Online Bookstore.

PSFK.com is one of the leading trends, innovation and marketing website today.

Website E-mail Temporary Issues (Resolved)

Update (08/18/2008, 01:30): Our webhost was able to resolve the e-mail issue.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Announcement (08/17/2008, 14:26): There is a temporary issue with our e-mail servers @ avalon.  The site is sending out e-mails but we don’t get everything sent to our inbox.  This issue started 10:00pm (Manila time), August 16.  If you tried to contact us during that period, please resend it through Contact Us.  We already forwarded all incoming e-mails (Contact Us, etc) to a back-up e-mail addres.

All e-mails sent to (anti-spam): username[at]avalon dotph will be delayed.

Our back-up e-mail address is (anti-spam): avalon.ph[at]gmail dotcom

This entry will be updated as soon as everything is back to normal.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Chiaroscuro: Poems by Joel M. Toledo – Book Launch

Congratulations to Mr. Joel M. Toledo – two Palanca awards for Poetry, Meritage Press Poetry Prize in San Francisco, 2006 UK Bridport Prize 2nd place and a longtime Avalon.ph fan of eight plus years – for the release of his upcoming Poetry book (UST Press).

Chiaroscuro: Poems by Joel M. Toledo will launch on August 4, Monday 2008 @ mag:net cafe Katipunan with cocktails at 6:30 pm, followed by the 33rd installment of the Happy Mondays Poetry Nights readings at 8pm.  Featured poets & fictionist listed below:

1. Marjorie Evasco
2. Jimmy Abad
3. Butch Dalisay
4. J. Neil Garcia
5. Marne Kilates
6. Krip Yuson
7. Rebecca Añonuevo
8. Mookie Katigbak
9. Sarge Lacuesta
10. Ramil Gulle
11. Larry Ypil
12. Mikael Co
13. Angelo Suarez
14. Arkaye Kierulf
15. Conchitina Cruz
16. Daryll Delgado
17. Pancho Villanueva
18. Waps San Diego
19. Marie La Viña
20. Joseph Saguid
21. Khavn De la Cruz

Hosted by Lourd De Veyra

Readings up to 10pm, followed by music from Los Chupacabras and Dead Pop Stars.

FREE ADMISSION the whole evening.

Online Buzz- The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (Debut Novel)

One upcoming debut novel that’s been getting intense coverage online is Andrew Davidson’s The Gargoyle. An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time.

Andrew Davidson’s agent initially rejected a cool US$1 million offer for the book, and it turned out to be a wise move as Doubleday wounded up paying US$1.25 million – for a debut novel!

Doubleday publishing has been working overtime pushing the publicity buttons for this title taking advantage of the vast resources available online.

From USA Today:

The campaign is burning up online. At burnedbylove.com, visitors are sharing details about intense relationships. A Gargoyle Flickr Group lets people post gargoyle photos. There’s content on MySpace, Facebook and Doubleday’s YouTube channel.

“It’s definitely our most ambitious in terms of creating a campaign that engages the current social-networked way people are using the Net,” says Doubleday’s Jeffrey Yamaguchi….

For full The Gargoyle details visit: http://doubleday.com/thegargoyle

You can also read an excerpt of the book on the site, or download it as a PDF.

Also be sure to check out the online elements to the book: http://burnedbylove.com

For early reviews and pre-order, check out the Amazon.com page.

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson will be out August 5, 2008 (USA).

WordPress Upgraded to v2.6 + WordCamp Philippines 2008

First (test) post for Avalon.ph Blog: WordPress version 2.6.

And to plug a blog event this coming September:

WordCamp Philippines 2008

6 September 2008
Augusto-Rosario Gonzalez Theater
College of St. Benilde
Taft Ave., Manila

Cheers!

admin

Aboitiz 2Go Updated Shipping Rates

Effective 1 June 2008, new shipping rates of Aboitiz 2Go:

Within Metro Manila:

Medium pouch: PhP80.00

Large pouch: PhP105.00

Extra Large: PhP140.00

Outside Metro Manila:

Medium: PhP100.00

Large: PhP115.00

Extra Large: PhP150.00

Updated 3 June 2008, some minor corrections.

For 2Go Express – Rates official site link, click here.

Avalon.ph Online Shopping Site v7.0

Welcome to the new look of Avalon.ph!

http://www.avalon.ph

The website is now integrated with a full-featured shopping cart.  The new ‘version’ will offer a unique online shopping experience while rewarding customer loyalty through Avalon Gems (Reward Points) and other special bonuses.

What’s new with Avalon.ph?

Product Bundle Offerings.  Interested to get product A?  The item might offer another product/s for 10%-20% discount or more!

Relevant Cross-Selling.  If you like product A, we also recommend product B, C, and D. We will only recommend items that are truly relevant or purchased by other customers in the past.

Discount Coupons.  Occasionally, Avalon.ph will offer coupons such as free shipping, discounts on price, discounts on quantity and more!

Product Reviews.  You may submit or read product reviews by users of Avalon.ph.  Check out the recommendations before purchasing.

Create a Gift Registry.  Take advantage of Avalon.ph’s newest feature allowing your friends or family to view what items you want for any occasion (or non-occasion).  You may even publicly display your gift registry through a link.

Purchase a Gift Certificate. Can’t decide what to give someone?  Buy a Gift Certificate for a friend or family member!

Affiliate Commissions.  Be an affiliate of Avalon.ph and earn commissions from referrals (commissions as in cash, not reward points).  As long as you can insert a javascript on your webpage/blog sidebar, you can qualify to have a window of Avalon.ph items displayed on your site.  To see an example please view the right sidebar of this blog.

Avalon Gems (Reward Points). Earn points while making purchases or referring other customers (that successfully made a purchase), then redeem points for discounts.  Currently, 100 Reward Points is equal to Php10.00.

Referral Points (Through Tell-A-Friend).  You do not have to be an affiliate of Avalon.ph to earn referral points.  Just click on the Tell-A-Friend link (make sure you are logged-in), and once the customer made a successful purchase on his visit (on THAT particular visit), you will earn points!

Gift wrapping options.  Let us package your item/s before shipping!

Be an Avalon.ph Supplier.  Avalon.ph is now capable of arranging a drop-ship/supplier arrangement with merchants.  This is still in development but you can now open your own ‘brand shop’ within Avalon.ph.  Excellent extension of your website or multiply.com store!  Take advantage of the impressions and purchasing power of users who browse on Avalon.ph.  Remember that many users come to Avalon.ph to buy!  For inquiries please e-mail me: support _at_ avalon dot ph (anti-spam).

Digital or Downloadable products.  Now, the website can sell electronically (legal) products securely.  If you are a supplier, you can market your original music, images or other applications.

AJAX enhanced shopping features. Information is presented to you without the ‘click & wait’ that is normally part of every Web page.  Just hover your mouse over the item and view product information without even having to visit the product details page.

Due to a difference in the product database, users are encouraged to re-register ONLY on the shopping website.  If you prefer that I just import your details send Avalon.ph auction site username and request to: support _at_ avalon dot ph (anti-spam).   A new password will be e-mailed to you… however…

NEW user registrations (not through import) on the shopping site before 15 May 2008 will earn 100 bonus reward points.  This will be applied within 12-24 hours after you registration.

More details to follow!

Jasper
www.avalon.ph