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Are your Kindle Store book samples available with KindleForTheWeb yet?

Yes, it works now for all of my Kindle Store books.
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KBoards authors: we've put together a way for you to use Amazon's "Kindle for the Web" widget, to show readers a sample of your work right here on KindleBoards. You can use these sample links from any web page, as well from within your KBoards posts.

Just use a link that looks like this:

https://www.kboards.com/sample/?asin=XXXXXXXXXX

... and replace those X's with the 10-character ASIN for your book.

Here's an example showing how you might format it for a forum post:

[url=https://www.kboards.com/sample/?asin=XXXXXXXXXX]Read a sample of my book![/url]

And here's an HTML example, which is what you'd use to add a link to your blog or other web page:

<a href="https://www.kboards.com/sample/?asin=XXXXXXXXXX">Read a sample of my book!</a>


Some examples you can try:

https://www.kboards.com/sample/?asin=B003NX6Z00

Read a sample of The Artist's Model!



We've also made a second stripped-down version available - that does not display the KindleBoards headers and footers. This might be preferable when linking to your sample from other sites, such as your home page site, your author page, facebook, or twitter.

Here's the code for that (very similar to the above code; just use 'sample2' instead of 'sample'):

https://www.kboards.com/sample2/?asin=XXXXXXXXXX

Forum post template:
[url=https://www.kboards.com/sample2/?asin=XXXXXXXXXX]Read a sample of my book![/url]

Web page template:
<a href="https://www.kboards.com/sample2/?asin=XXXXXXXXXX">Read a sample of my book!</a>

Example:
https://www.kboards.com/sample2/?asin=B003NX6Z00



With either version, a sample of your book becomes immediately readable in the browser with a single click. Amazon says that not all books can be sampled with Kindle-For-The-Web, as this is in beta with Amazon. But from my spot-checking, most can. You can try yours by plugging in your ASIN into the web address as shown above.

Please post any questions or feedback. Thanks!

-Harvey
« Last Edit: November 11, 2013, 08:39:37 am by Harvey »
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    Re: Authors: show samples of your books on KindleBoards (new!)
    « Reply #1 on: October 09, 2010, 05:08:07 pm »
    Testing, testing. One, two, three. Sibilance. Sibilance.

    Read a sample of OUT OF TIME!

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    Re: Authors: show samples of your books on KindleBoards (new!)
    « Reply #4 on: October 09, 2010, 05:14:31 pm »
    Testing 1 2 3 4.

    Safe to say this is best used for our Book Bazaar threads?
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    Re: Authors: show samples of your books on KindleBoards (new!)
    « Reply #6 on: October 09, 2010, 05:15:27 pm »
    Harvey, where do we post them?

    In your author threads, I was thinking!

    I guess you could also post them in your signatures.

    I think it might be particularly useful for authors who don't have their own web pages for loading up the script code for the widget.
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    « Reply #7 on: October 09, 2010, 05:16:23 pm »
    Testing 1 2 3 4.

    Safe to say this is best used for our Book Bazaar threads?

    Yes, that's what I was envisioning.
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    Re: Authors: show samples of your books on KindleBoards (new!)
    « Reply #8 on: October 09, 2010, 05:16:55 pm »
    Another great idea, Harvey!
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    Re: Authors: show samples of your books on KindleBoards (new!)
    « Reply #9 on: October 09, 2010, 05:18:04 pm »
    Very cool, Harvey!

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    Re: Authors: show samples of your books on KindleBoards (new!)
    « Reply #10 on: October 09, 2010, 05:18:16 pm »
    Man, you folks are fast. Did I ever tell you, you are a very satisfying group of people to program for?
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    Re: Authors: show samples of your books on KindleBoards (new!)
    « Reply #11 on: October 09, 2010, 05:18:40 pm »
    In your author threads, I was thinking!

    I guess you could also post them in your signatures.

    I think it might be particularly useful for authors who don't have their own web pages for loading up the script code for the widget.

    Thanks, Harvey. Great idea.

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    Re: Authors: show samples of your books on KindleBoards (new!)
    « Reply #12 on: October 09, 2010, 05:21:20 pm »
    Thanks for posting that. I'm annoyed that I keep fiddling with the formatting of The Usurper in Kindle, and it keeps looking wrong. ARGH!  ???
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    Re: Authors: show samples of your books on KindleBoards (new!)
    « Reply #14 on: October 09, 2010, 05:23:30 pm »
    Thanks Harvey!!!  Gonna put them in my book threads!!!

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    Re: Authors: show samples of your books on KindleBoards (new!)
    « Reply #15 on: October 09, 2010, 05:40:06 pm »
    Hi Harvey,

       I tried the sample facility but I noticed that the viewer tends to mince up the text rather poorly, over sized font, excessive line spacing etc;  maybe it's just my viewer but I thought I'd check/ask.

       When I download the sample to my K3 it appears all good as it should.

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    Re: Authors: show samples of your books on KindleBoards (new!)
    « Reply #16 on: October 09, 2010, 05:43:36 pm »
    Hi Harvey,

       I tried the sample facility but I noticed that the viewer tends to mince up the text rather poorly, over sized font, excessive line spacing etc;  maybe it's just my viewer but I thought I'd check/ask.

       When I download the sample to my K3 it appears all good as it should.

    Paul.

    Fwiw, you can adjust the font size and spacing by clicking on the "Aa" icon.

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    Re: Authors: show samples of your books on KindleBoards (new!)
    « Reply #17 on: October 09, 2010, 05:46:04 pm »
    Here's mine:

    Read a sample of XENOLITH


    Update: Still doesn't work for me.  Here's my ASIN: B003GSM0Q0.  My book also fails to show up in a LinkMaker search. How odd.
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    « Reply #18 on: October 09, 2010, 05:46:45 pm »
    Fwiw, you can adjust the font size and spacing by clicking on the "Aa" icon.

    Yes, I did that - got things back to manageable but there were a few more quirks like centered text being left-justified, line breaks between paragraphs (but still indented lead into the new paragraph).

    I wonder if it's a throwback from my original (wrong) upload to Amazon?  That said, I downloaded the sample to my K3 and it shows up 100% correct.

    It could be because I'm using a non-MS browser?

    I'll remove the link for now because if people read that sample and it does look like that they'll never buy the book :( :)

    (btw, this isn't Harvey's fault - it's the Amazon tool I believe)

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    « Reply #19 on: October 09, 2010, 05:47:40 pm »
    ASparrow,  I think your ASIN might be incorrect -

    There was an error retrieving the content for

    this title or this content may no longer be available.

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    « Reply #20 on: October 09, 2010, 05:48:12 pm »
    Thanks Harvey!!!  ;D
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    Re: Authors: show samples of your books on KindleBoards (new!)
    « Reply #21 on: October 09, 2010, 05:57:13 pm »
    They're different. ASIN is just for Amazon. Scroll down on your Amazon page to the product details and you'll see it.

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    Re: Authors: show samples of your books on KindleBoards (new!)
    « Reply #22 on: October 09, 2010, 06:04:10 pm »
    ASparrow,  I think your ASIN might be incorrect -

    There was an error retrieving the content for

    this title or this content may no longer be available.

    Nope. My ASIN is correct. The link simply doesn't work for my book. I tried the ISBN-10 as well for good measure.

    Linkmaker doesn't work either.

    It must be part of the vast anti-XENOLITH conspiracy.  
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    Re: Authors: show samples of your books on KindleBoards (new!)
    « Reply #23 on: October 09, 2010, 06:10:42 pm »
    They're different. ASIN is just for Amazon. Scroll down on your Amazon page to the product details and you'll see it.

    The ASIN is also in your Amazon product link.  It's that long funky alphanumeric string you see.  Mine is B003VIWOLG.  The short version of your Amazon book link is formed by appending /dp/my_asin_num to http://www.amazon.com.  For example:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003VIWOLG  is my book link.

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    « Reply #24 on: October 09, 2010, 06:16:55 pm »
    The ASIN is also in your Amazon product link.  It's that long funky alphanumeric string you see.  Mine is B003VIWOLG.  The short version of your Amazon book link is formed by appending /dp/my_asin_num to http://www.amazon.com.  For example:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003VIWOLG  is my book link.

    --Maria

    This link works:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003GSM0Q0

    But not the sample.

    Read a sample of my book!

    Here's the innards of the sample link:

    /sample/?asin=B003GSM0Q0]Read a sample of my book!


    I tell you, it's a conspiracy.  (Not implicating you, Harvey. I think Amazon doesn't love me).
    « Last Edit: October 09, 2010, 06:22:49 pm by ASparrow »

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