Amazon and Books2Read Universal Links

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeBecause Amazon is starting to manage who can shop the Amazon.com site, I’ve added Books2Read Universal links to all the book pages here on my site. Essentially, if there’s a subsidiary Amazon store serving the territory where you live, you should be using that store for accurate sales tax collection and geographic rights management. For example, those of us in Canada should be using the Amazon.ca site, even though we often don’t. Amazon is now checking the location of your internet service provider to ensure you end up on the appropriate site.

The problem is that their links don’t redirect, like the links at Apple or Kobo, so you can follow a link to .com and end up 404. 😦

But, you can easily change the link yourself since the ASIN (that’s the number that starts with a B which is assigned to each product) is the same on all Amazon sites.

If you’re in Canada, you can take an Amazon.com link, like this one for Wyvern’s Mate:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01E7CP9NY
and change it so you’re directed to the product page for that book in the Amazon.ca store.

Just change the .com to .ca like this:
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01E7CP9NY

Or make it a UK link, by changing the .com to .co.uk like this:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01E7CP9NY

For Australia, you want to change it to .com.au like this:
https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B01E7CP9NY

Wyvern's Angel, book #9 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeThe same logic works for all of the Amazon stores. This doesn’t work for series pages, though, as they don’t exist on all of the stores. I don’t think it will always work for author pages, either. (The main .com store just has features that aren’t supported at all subsidiary stores.) It won’t work for books that aren’t available in your territory because of geographic rights restrictions, but it’s a pretty handy trick to know all the same.

You can also use the Books2Read Universal links here on the site. These automatically make this change for you. The first time you use a Books2Read link, it’ll display all of the available stores for the book, but when you click one, it will ask if you want to make that retailer your preferred one. If you say yes, in future, whenever you click a Books2Read link, it will remember what portal you prefer and take you directly there. I think this is pretty slick stuff.

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