Powell’s Books is one of my favorite sites–an independent bookstore that’s online, but, if I ever visit Portland, Oregon, it’s going to be one of the first places I visit (right after the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, or maybe the zoo). And now Powell’s is offering a chance to win a $250 gift card–or one of four $50 gift cards. They’re offering the 2010 Puddly Awards, and you’d better hurry up and get your entry in. They’re due January 31st, 2010.
All you have to do is comment on a book you read in the past decade and you’re automatically entered. I wasn’t sure whether this meant a book published in the last decade, so I contacted Powell’s and got this answer:
You can vote for any book, written from any year. The book you choose does not have to be written within the last decade.
Technically you can also enter here without commenting on a book but, come on, if you can remember a book you read in the last ten years you know you can come up with something to say about it. And your comment just might help some obscure but fantastic book win the coveted golden galoshes.
And if you’re not interested in books you could always enter this other contest and win a pickle.
By the way, I won’t be entering. I work in a library, and I have enough books as it is. Besides I write a lot of book reviews, so I figure it’s only fair to step aside and let somebody else have a chance. Feel free to crib from any of mine, although, if you do, you could buy me a book.