Okay, PAY ATTENTION HERE, MS ADAMS AND MS WITTIG ALBERT! I will never purchase or voluntarily read anything either of you have written. Go away now.
To echo what so many other people have said, BC has introduced me to authors previously unknown: e.g. Christopher Moore, Terry Pratchett, Michael Chabon; and renewed my acquaintance with others: e.g. Neil Gaiman, Joan Hess, Patricia Highsmith. Since last August when I joined, and more accurately, since last October when I became an active BC participant, I have purchased NEW an unknown number of books, for myself and for gifts, many as the result of a recommendation or a review from another BookCrosser. Spouse cringes whenever I say I'm going to the B&N right down the street because he knows I'll be lugging at least half a dozen books home with me. But no future purchase will be any book by either of the two authors mentioned above who have made such a**ses of themselves over our little "exercise in karma."
Sheesh. What a world.