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Disclosure Statement

In 2009, the US Federal Trade Commission instituted new rules on using testimonials and endorsements in advertising. I believe these rules are a good thing and in theory they should substantially improve the honesty of the ads we see online.

There is one issue that matters to this Web site, which is the issue of product endorsements. If somebody endorses a product and gets paid for it, then they need to let people know. 

So far as I know, at the time of writing this page, the only products I endorse on this Web site are my own books. 

It won't shock you to learn that I'm an affiliate for various online retailers, including Amazon and Apple's iBooks store. What this means is that (this must mark me as a money-grubbing cad) I get paid for endorsing my own books

The official disclosure statement for Amazon is as follows: "Randy Ingermanson is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com."

If I also ever happen to include retailer links to other people's books, you can bet your sweet tootsies I'll be collecting affiliate fees for those too. It should go without saying that I endorse things because I like them. The affiliate fees are just cherries on the cheesecake.

Full disclosure here, folks.

There, that should make the FTC happy.