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Evelyn Chartres

Not Available For Purchase – Understanding How Amazon Links to Markets

Not Available For Purchase – Understanding How Amazon Links to Markets was originally posted on Renée Gendron‘s Word Crafting site.

The most important step in getting your books into the reader’s hands is directing them to a storefront. Since Amazon has the largest market share globally, many opt to target them exclusively and gain access to features such as Kindle Unlimited.

Authors will typically provide a link to their book from Amazon.com or their regional counterparts. These links can be used on Twitter, Facebook, other social media, and the author’s blog. For example:

Author advertising with a link to their book

Does that link work for everyone? How about those that shop in a different market? Good question, but first we need to explain what an Amazon market is.

Amazon is separated into regional market places, normally but country. This is why you will find sites like Amazon.com (United States), Amazon.ca (Canada), Amazon.co.uk (United Kingdom) and so forth. For various reasons, not all goods can be purchased in a market that is not your own, and this extends to Kindle Books. So how does this apply when people are sent to the wrong market? The answer is nuanced.

On a computer, Amazon will inform users that they are not in their market and will redirect them. That is not the case for mobile users, the example below shows a case where the user is not in their default market (Amazon.com).

Page viewed on Amazon.com, not the user’s default market

Since the user is in the wrong market, they are told that This title is not currently available for purchase. Some potential readers will know what is going on and change the link. Then they would then see the following page:

Page viewed on Amazon.ca, the user’s default market

 

What if the user is not aware this problem exists and/or how to correct? What happens then? Simple answer, the user moves on, or contacts a confused author. Potentially leading to one less sale, and the opportunity to get a positive review or build a fan base.

So how do we fix this? Here are three easy methods.

Authl.it

Authl.it is a service that provides a jump page for the user. When someone clicks on the generated link, they will see the novel, synopsis and shows users various markets. This service requires no account, and comes with a really short link mimicking services like Bit.ly.

Note that the page shows which market is most likely correct, reducing the chances for someone choosing the wrong market. Also note that not all markets are available through this service.

Launch page generated by Authl.it

BookLinker

BookLinker is a site that offers the ability to create market agnostic links. The links are free for the basic service, easy to create, and provides a simple link that you can pass on. These links can also be customized, so they are easier to remember. When users click on the link, they are redirected to their market, a the process that is invisible to the user.

Universal Books Links

Universal Books Links is a service offered by Draft2Digital and offers a similar service to BookLinker. The difference is how this service also links marketplaces other than Amazon, such as Apple, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble. The service is free, and Universal Books Links are created automatically when you push books through Draft2Digital.

You can also add links that Draft2Digital will not target, such as Smashwords. Overall this is a great solution for those who go wide. Users who click on the links will get the option of choosing their market and going straight to the book. Links on this service can also be customized, just like BookLinker.

Launch page created by Universal Book Links

Note: All of these services can be paired with a web link shortening service such as Bit.ly. This can be invaluable on sites like Twitter with a limited character count, and provides the ability to track links for statistical analysis.

In short, Amazon has multiple markets to sell Kindle books. A link for one country may not redirect users and result in a lost sale.

Using services like Authl.it, BookLinker , and Universal Books Links helps you provide one link which negates this problem. Users end up where they need to be, and you can grow your fanbase from there!

The Grand’s Third Edition is Out

The third edition of The Grand is now available as a both an eBook and in print! This release addressed concerns over clarity and adds a bit more polish.

So grab a refreshing pint, and delve into a series of dark fantasy stories set during the Roaring Twenties in a grand hotel. Of course, this hotel does not cater to societies elite, instead its cherished clients are things that go bump in the night.

The Grand is a hotel nestled in a cursed valley surrounded by foreboding mountains, and each story focuses on of the hotel’s victims. While reading, think to yourself; even things that go bump in the night need a place to unwind.

Curious? Check it out!

Quinn W. Buckland’s Review of the Van Helsing Paradox

Yay! A lovely review from Quinn W. Buckland on The Van Helsing Paradox. I’m glad he found the book to be an easy read, that my use of slang gave the story a hint of authenticity, and especially how he loved the ending! Best of all? He gave me a score of 9 out of 10 overall!

Please take the time to watch his review and subscribe. I’m sure more will be coming soon!

On a side note, it’s the same vampire throughout the story. However, her real name comes to light later on as the story develops.

Evelyn Reads The Taliesin Affair

I was fortunate to have The Taliesin Affair: Maliha Anderson’s First Case by Steve Turnbull to keep me company on my long flight back home! This author brings about an interesting take on Stream Punk, mainly that while technology in a post-Victorian era may have advanced by leaps, society has not.

In the shadows of the Great War, a clever young Indian girl named Maliha discovers a body in the library of a prestigious boarding school. How does a mixed-raced navigates through a world populated by royalty, the privileged, and wealthy? Is she up for the task? Read more to find out!

I loved this interchange of the fantastic mixed with the cold reality of the era. This book is highly recommended. While it stands alone, it does make for a great stepping stone for more works in the series!

Peppercorn and Dijon Steak Sauce

A steak sauce that is easy to make, and keeps well when refrigerated. This recipe provides a burst of flavour with your meal that is sure to please. Remember to add peppercorns for an extra kick!

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves (5-10 g) of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of finely minced onions
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of red wine
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of  Italian seasoning
  • Peppercorn to taste

Preparation

  1. Sautée garlic and onions over medium heat, until onions are transparent. For more flavour, allow onions to brown.
  2. In a soup bowl, mix garlic, onions, mayonnaise, mustard, red wine, and Italian seasoning. Stir until you have a consistent finish.
  3. Refrigerate until needed.
  4. Serve on top of steak. Add peppercorn to taste for an extra kick!