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message 1: by Robin (new)

Robin Parry | 3 comments Hi, I'm trying to add a URL or a 'Get a copy' link to a new book I've put up as an author. I can seem to figure out how to do that from the edit details page.

Book is:

Not sure if it's ok to add this link to it somehow?

Thank you.

message 2: by lethe (new)

lethe | 13664 comments As I already wrote in the other thread:, there is no point adding this as a 'get a copy' link, and since the page doesn't add any extra info to the info already on GR, it may not be added to the URL field.

message 3: by Robin (last edited Oct 15, 2016 07:43AM) (new)

Robin Parry | 3 comments Thanks for responding. I really only have all that info about the book on GR until I can add the link, then I will change the description to something shorter. Does that change things?

Also, there is more info on that webpage - contents, preview, (a testimonial to come) - you may need to scroll to see the tabs.

If not, can I add this website as a 'get a copy' link:

Otherwise I don't fully understand what the 'get a copy' field is for. I'm new to this so can you please explain a bit more clearly? It doesn't let me add it myself (as per your previous response).


message 4: by lethe (new)

lethe | 13664 comments Sorry, I had missed those tabs. Have added the URL:

There is no need to shorten the description.

The 'get a copy' links are added by users themselves. Each user adds their own links. (I have several Dutch links, because I live in the Netherlands. Someone in the US, or f.e. Spain, will use other links.) The links are there for every book, so are not intended for sites dedicated to one particular book.

On the 'edit profile' page: is a tab 'Book links'. Users can choose their own links from those lists and add new ones, if they fit within the parameters (see at the bottom of the page):

"Book links are intended to link to sites that have an ISBN search and have a large catalogue of books (booksellers, libraries, etc). Book links are not intended to link to sites about a particular book — those are best placed in the "url" or "description" field of the book."

(The part I have crossed out is not valid anymore. URLs to pages outside Goodreads should not be added to the description.)

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