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emma

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how to create a link
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 9:11 AM
 
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i was wondering whether it is possible to create a link at the end of my book to take people to where they can leave a review for my book. i would be grateful for any advice on how this can be done and if its okay to do this.

Many thanks
writerbn

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Re: how to create a link
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 9:26 AM   in response to: emma in response to: emma
 
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Ama*zon already does that for you, with a somewhat annoying pop-up when the reader gets to the "end" of the book.

What you can (and should) do is put links to your website, author page, social media, etc. in the back matter.
Joseph M Erhardt

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Posted: Nov 5, 2017 9:31 AM   in response to: emma in response to: emma
 
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i was wondering whether it is possible to create a link at the end of my book to take people to where they can leave a review for my book. i would be grateful for any advice on how this can be done and if its okay to do this.

First, I'm assuming you're talking about an e-book. (You can put links into a paperback, of course, but those should be simple, as people would have to copy them by hand to the URL lines of their browsers.)

If you're talking about an Amazon review, that's unnecessary. If you buy a book (or ANY product, these days), Amazon will send you an annoying e-mail requesting a review. At least, I have found this so. Also, Amazon
may get annoyed at your attempt to send a customer to your own book page.

You can certainly include links to other sites on the web. When I asked this question some time back, KDP said their main concern was that the link be stable and not there one day and gone the next.

See what others here say.
Burin Matthieu

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Re: how to create a link
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 9:59 AM   in response to: emma in response to: emma
 
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Many thanks, it helps a lot !
Matthieu
Joseph M Erhardt

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Re: how to create a link
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 11:16 AM   in response to: emma in response to: emma
 
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Re: Links in paperbacks:

I've considered using QR codes (those funny square-shaped hieroglyphs) in the form of inserted images. Then someone who has a smartphone would be able to just scan in the URL instead of keying it by hand. With this approach, the complexity of the URL line becomes irrelevant.
Ion Mack

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Posted: Nov 5, 2017 3:43 PM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
 
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Yes great advise, thanks!
Moshe Ben-Or

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Re: how to create a link
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 7:01 PM   in response to: emma in response to: emma
 
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There is nothing wrong with inserting an appeal to reader at the end of a book, with links to your author page, your book's review page, your goodreads page, etc. To do this, you should save your manuscript as HTML, then open in a text editor and insert the standard "a href=..."..."/a" in the correct place. If you want to include images using the "img" tag, you should zip them up into the same file with the html, and upload the .zip file to the Zon.

I am sure there are other, fancier ways to do this, but this is the simple, old-fashioned way that gives you maximum control.
Steve Smith

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Re: how to create a link
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 7:35 PM   in response to: emma in response to: emma
 
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I put the following as the very last thing in my books. This one is specifically for my genealogy books, but my other books use variations of it.


One last thing ...

When you turn the page, Kindle will give you the opportunity to rate this book and share your thoughts through an automatic feed to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. If you believe your friends would get something valuable out of this book, I'd be most grateful if you'd post your thoughts. And if you feel this book made a contribution to your own research, I'd especially be grateful if you posted a review on Amazon, on the page where you found this title.

As I've mentioned in a different thread, I don't actually get many reviews, but it doesn't cost anything to ask.

Notjohn

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Re: how to create a link
Posted: Nov 6, 2017 3:55 AM   in response to: Steve Smith in response to: Steve Smith
 
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Nicely done, Steve!

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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Notjohn

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Re: how to create a link
Posted: Nov 6, 2017 3:57 AM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
 
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QR codes -- who would have thought of it?

Another great idea. I do love this forum.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
marco

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Re: how to create a link
Posted: Nov 6, 2017 9:27 AM   in response to: emma in response to: emma
 
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create a website ..and paste book as well as option to leave a review
othere wise the reader will be promted by amazon to leave a review which you could see below in review
Fonlivianita

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Re: how to create a link
Posted: Nov 6, 2017 10:19 AM   in response to: emma in response to: emma
 
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Uoo thanks you bro!
loraininflorida

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Re: how to create a link
Posted: Nov 6, 2017 4:28 PM   in response to: emma in response to: emma
 
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Make your own URL (don't copy/paste the URL on your book page): http://amazon.com/dp/ and then your book's ASIN number.
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