a commercial link on an author's page
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I love to add interesting biographical data as I add my books. It helps me to appreciate them more. So, when time permits, I google the author and add links to obituaries and wiki pages, and such.
My question - One of my authors from the 19th century created a homeopathic medical supply company which still exists, and has a web presence. They still sell his original preparations in quaint looking packages. And they tell a little bit about the founder.
Is it okay to have added the link to the company? Or is that too commercial? I find it fascinating that his work is still valid to some segment of the public after 160 plus years.
If the link is not appropriate, I will remove it, but it's such an interesting tidbit.
Tough one - seems to me that you could be entering an edit war concerning the link without some back up for the link's presence.
Is the link to that company shown on the author's Wikipedia page?
If so, maybe remove it from LT, either that or explain in the author's CK why the link is present.
That's a quandry. On the one hand, yeah, the gut instinct is that it's too commercial. But on the other hand, LT Author pages have the implicit commercial purpose of promoting an author so you'll buy their books. But on the other other hand (Zaphod?), at least that's about BOOKS, which is the heart of the site, rather than homeopathic (now there's an argument waiting to happen) remedy site.
My personal opinion is that I'd want to restrict any commercial stuff to just book-related stuff, with any other kinds of selling having to be accessed from the author's other links such as their homepage or wikipedia entry. But that's my opinion and not in any way based on LT's site terms.
The thing is, the author seems to be pretty obscure except for the homeopathic community. There is no entry at Wikipedia, and I don't have enough information to create one. I added a link to one of his books which is on GoogleBooks, and an article from a magazine for old bottle collectors.
Here's his author page, and I'm the only book holder at present:
I have a shelf full of old health and 'right living' books. The authors of most were very famous (or infamous) in their times, but almost forgotten now.
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