With the limited 140 characters on Twitter for example, character space counting is necessary. To reach your potential worldwide readers, you have to tweet the link for each country separately. For some reason Amazon divides the world by countries and has separate platforms for each country, the wonderful Word-wide-Web seems not to exist for them…
Great Amazon Link Shortener
A smart software developer created a program that lets you send out one link, and no matter where your readers are, they come to their own countries’ Amazon website, even though you give the link as viewbook …. It works great. Try it out with our own Amazon sales link. Just sign in with the developers site: http://www.booklinker.net/
Viewbook provides you with a link, which sends the customer to the Amazon site in your country, via their (viewbooks) site. It is a seamless process, and the customer doesn’t realize that it is happening. This is great for using on Twitter, as it does not matter where your potential customers live, because once they click on your link, they’ll be taken to the most appropriate Amazon store.
Track the Progress of Your Link
Another great feature provided by Viewbook.at is the ability to track the progress of your book links. Each link you post on Social Media gives you an estimate of how many clicks the books are receiving, and the countries they are coming from. Two more companies currently offer a similar service: SmartURL and Georiot.
Even if You Don’t Use Their Distribution Service…
Books2read.com links to: Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo, B&N Nook, Google Play, ScribD, 24Symbols, Thalia, Inktera, Smashwords, Baja LIbros, Playster, Blio, Bookmate, Browns Books for Students, Casa del Libro, Family Christian, Hive, Buch.de, BOL.de, DriveThruFiction, Indigo, Angus & Robertson, Bücher.de, FNAC, Hugendubel, Libris, Livraria Cultura, Mondadori, Rakuten, WHSmith, BOL.com, Eason, eBook.de, Gandhi.mx, LaFeltrinelli, Overdrive etc.
Pro and Con’s
Yes, the service is free, or at least almost, as Booklinker.net is an Amazon affiliate and this way they receive a tiny commission from Amazon, for a $2.99 book about 6 cents. If the customer orders more items within 24 hours through this initial Viewbook link certainly more. However, if you are an Amazon affiliate, you will not receive small commission on the sale of your book – will receive this tiny amount (approx. 6cents) for their great service.
To Link or Not to Link?
On the other hand: you might even sell more, as more potential readers are learning about your book by way of the “translation” of your sales page link. Your royalties will not be affected in any way. This single global link to many countries is really a superb invention, reducing lots of customer barriers, and it might improve your overall sales a little bit. There is some discussion on the Internet about Viewbook’s affiliate programs, on the other hand, if customers order free or 99cent books through referral of BookBub and similar services. BookBub receives a commission too – on top of the hefty ad fees they charge for sending out a newsletter with advertisers’ book campaign info with a single click. That’s all they do! I have never heard someone on the net discussing these affiliate commissions.
I personally think the “worldwide” link helps book sales a lot. And you can certainly use both links, your “old” ones from Amazon for each country and the “worldwide” universal links.
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AMAZON on Shopping Tour?
Amazon has acquired Avalon Books, a small publisher that focuses on hardcover mystery, “wholesome” romance and Westerns, and will make its titles available digitally for the first time. Avalon Books have been geared and marketed primarily toward the library market; now Amazon will seek to market them to a wider audience.
The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, covers Avalon’s entire backlist of about 3,000 titles. Avalon launched in 1950 and is now run by the founder’s daughter Ellen Bouregy Mickelsen, who said she chose Amazon to buy her company because “they care deeply about the writers, readers and categories that have long mattered to our family business and they are uniquely positioned to assure that our titles make the leap forward into the digital future.”
Amazon will release the Avalon titles under its West Coast imprints, including Montlake Romance and Thomas & Mercer. The press release says “these books will continue to be available in print for booksellers and libraries nationwide. Amazon acquired Marshall Cavendish’s children’s book list last December.
To get the whole story about Amazon’s almost 20 years “THE AMAZON EFFECT” (I almost typed: “The Amazon Waste Land”, when I read the last sentence of the story) – have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and take your time : ) it’s an extensive article, almost a novella or an Amazon “Shorts” to speak in their language.
You will learn not only about Amazon, but about the last 20 years of publishing and book selling. Print out the article, it might make an interesting part of literature and publishing history one day…
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Posted by ebooksinternational on June 5, 2012 in Bestsellers, Book Sales, comment on posts, e-publishing, eReaders, Free Books Amazon, googling social, join the conversation, Marketing, Publishing, Publishing News
Tags: Amazon, Amazon Effect, Avalon Books, children’s book list, Marshall Cavendish, Montlake Romance, Publishers, Thomas & Mercer, West Coast imprints