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message 1: by Noël (new)

Noël Cades (noelcades) | 9 comments My novel has both ISBNs plus the Amazon Kindle ASIN but I cannot get the books links to work.

The title is "Forbidden Lessons". The Goodreads link is here:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

The Lulu link works fine and the iBooks link worked instantly.

The Kindle just won't work, I am not sure why. I added the Kindle link from the list. It goes to "We're sorry. The Web address you entered is not a functioning page on our site"

The Smashwords link just goes to the front of Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/books) there's no search or listing for my book.


message 2: by rivka (new)

rivka | 562 comments The book links depend on ISBN (or ASIN), and Kindle editions don't use the same ISBN. I added a Kindle edition of your book (with the correct ASIN): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

The Amazon link will work from that edition's page.

Smashwords doesn't appear to recognize your ebook's ISBN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/searc... or your paperback's: http://www.smashwords.com/books/searc...


message 3: by Pattimari (new)

Pattimari | 66 comments Noël wrote: "My novel has both ISBNs plus the Amazon Kindle ASIN but I cannot get the books links to work.

The title is "Forbidden Lessons". The Goodreads link is here:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/218..."


It worked for me rivka.
Pattimari


message 4: by Noël (new)

Noël Cades (noelcades) | 9 comments Thanks so much rivka - your link has a working Amazon Kindle link. How do I get your link to be the link from my author profile, rather than the older link? Should I Combine Editions?

Not sure why Smashwords doesn't recognise the ISBN. It has the ISBN-13 for the eBook: http://www.smashwords.com/books/searc... and that works as a search.


message 5: by Richard (new)

Richard Sutton (richardsutton) | 122 comments When you go to your book on Amazon, having used the Amazon search function to locate it, the url includes search terms for Amazon;s internal database, but they can prevent an url from working from the outside. Here is the url from one of my own books, taken (Ctrl-C) from said Amazon Search:
http://www.amazon.com/Troll-ebook/dp/...

But if I want a live link to place in a post, or an ad, etc, I use:
http://www.amazon.com/Troll-ebook/dp/...

I kill all the stuff after my book's ASIN number and the link works just fine.


message 6: by rivka (new)

rivka | 562 comments Noël wrote: "How do I get your link to be the link from my author profile, rather than the older link? Should I Combine Editions?"

The editions have already been combined. You may wish to set the Kindle edition to be the default, which you would do by following these directions: http://www.goodreads.com/help/show/31...


message 7: by Noël (new)

Noël Cades (noelcades) | 9 comments It already seems to be the default - "This book is manually set to be the primary edition of this work" - thank you if it was you that fixed it! If I click the book in my author profile it now goes to that. If I click the book link from the top right of my Goodreads main page it goes to the old version, but never mind.

Here's something strange though. Depending what account I use to access the link, the link buttons next to "Get a copy" are different.

Logged in as me:
Bookworld | Online stores | Amazon Kindle | download excerpt

Logged in as older account:
Bookworld | Online stores | Book Links | download excerpt

Logged out:
Bookworld | Online stores | Libraries | download excerpt

is there any reason for that?


message 8: by rivka (new)

rivka | 562 comments Book links to other sites are customized on a per-user basis (each user chooses theirs), not a per-book basis. So yes, different accounts will see different links.


message 9: by Noël (new)

Noël Cades (noelcades) | 9 comments Aha thanks! So hopefully those that do use Kindles will be able to see the Kindle link.

Thank you so much for all your help with this!


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