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Re: Posting text (and a bookcover picture) that links to the Kindle Store
« Reply #450 on: January 25, 2016, 01:54:51 pm »
Thanks, Betsy the Quilter! I tried it again this morning and this time the ASIN worked :-D 

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    Re: Posting text (and a bookcover picture) that links to the Kindle Store
    « Reply #451 on: May 18, 2016, 09:55:48 am »
    People have told me how difficult this is, but I didn't believe them until I tried it myself. I went to Link Maker, entered the book's Amazon URL, got "No matches found". I went to Link Maker 1.0, entered the ASIN and all the little URLs (once I figured out where to find the "image" URL), cover image came out about twenty times larger than it should have.

    Any ideas?

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    Re: Posting text (and a bookcover picture) that links to the Kindle Store
    « Reply #452 on: May 19, 2016, 05:44:44 am »
    People have told me how difficult this is, but I didn't believe them until I tried it myself. I went to Link Maker, entered the book's Amazon URL, got "No matches found". I went to Link Maker 1.0, entered the ASIN and all the little URLs (once I figured out where to find the "image" URL), cover image came out about twenty times larger than it should have.

    Any ideas?


    Don--

    Sorry you've been having problems.

    First, in Link-Maker, you want to enter an ASIN, or your name or the book's title, not the whole URL.  I tried both in the original Linkmaker, and both worked:



    Make sure, if you are looking for an ebook, that the selection is "Kindle Store" in the drop down box.

    Then, once the book you are searching for comes up in the left pane, click on it to get the link options.  For your signature, you'll want to choose the first image link option.



    Finally, if you are working on your signature, you may wish to use our author signature tool, found in the top menu under Authors.  It automates a lot of the process.

    Let me know if you have any questions!

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    Re: Posting text (and a bookcover picture) that links to the Kindle Store
    « Reply #453 on: June 29, 2016, 12:42:44 pm »
    New member, just wanted to say how useful this thread was. I was going to ask how you put your book in your signature, but I thought I'd have a look around first and then I found this. Worked perfectly, thanks!

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    Re: Posting text (and a bookcover picture) that links to the Kindle Store
    « Reply #454 on: July 06, 2016, 02:24:01 pm »
    I can't get Linkmaker to work.  I'm using a Mac.  I'm trying to post the image, but instead of the image, the code is being published on my post.
    <iframe type="text/html" width="336" height="550" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen style="max-width:100%" src="https://read.amazon.com/kp/card?asin=B01HVWXNTO&asin=B01HVWXNTO&preview=inline&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_treFxbVBQJPNR" ></iframe>

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    Re: Posting text (and a bookcover picture) that links to the Kindle Store
    « Reply #455 on: July 15, 2016, 03:47:55 am »
    I can't get Linkmaker to work.  I'm using a Mac.  I'm trying to post the image, but instead of the image, the code is being published on my post.
    <iframe type="text/html" width="336" height="550" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen style="max-width:100%" src="https://read.amazon.com/kp/card?asin=B01HVWXNTO&asin=B01HVWXNTO&preview=inline&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_treFxbVBQJPNR" ></iframe>

    Bryan,

    Sorry, I was traveling with no WiFi and missed your post.

    The code you've posted appears to be HTML and is different from the BBC code that linkmaker generates, so there is definitely a problem.  I work from my iPad--the linkmaker tool should be device-independent.

    The code should looks like this (one of the options available): 

    [url=http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HVWXNTO/?tag=kbpst-20][img height=125]http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51pIgxaH4GL._SL160_.jpg[/img][/url]

    and should result in this :


    First, let's make sure that you're taking the right steps...

    Enter your search term in the Search box.  This can be ASIN, your book's title or your author name.  ASIN is best as you should get only one result to choose from:



    Click on the "Make a link" link to generate the code on the right side.



    Click in the box for the code you want--you can choose text, an image 125 pixels high (good for our signatures here), an image 500 pixels high, or a very tiny image.  And also a set of flags that go to the various Amazon stores.



    Let me know if this helps!

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    Re: Posting text (and a bookcover picture) that links to the Kindle Store
    « Reply #456 on: July 21, 2016, 01:38:30 pm »
    Test post!



    Edit: It works--yay!

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    Re: Posting text (and a bookcover picture) that links to the Kindle Store
    « Reply #457 on: September 17, 2016, 08:36:02 am »
    I'm having a problem getting one of my covers to come up in the image link maker. All of the others are fine. It's I'm Losing You: Book Four in the Stafford Brothers series.

    Any suggestions? Thanks!
         

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    Re: Posting text (and a bookcover picture) that links to the Kindle Store
    « Reply #458 on: September 22, 2016, 01:30:35 pm »
    I'm having a problem getting one of my covers to come up in the image link maker. All of the others are fine. It's I'm Losing You: Book Four in the Stafford Brothers series.

    Any suggestions? Thanks!

    Sorry for the delay, Chicki--

    I've moved your covers so they should all be on the same row.  Note that sig size is limited to 140x800 pixels, which means you are limited to nine covers at the standard thumbnail size.  I can shrink the covers you have a bit.

    For the book you are having trouble displaying, can you send me a link direct to the book?

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    Re: Posting text (and a bookcover picture) that links to the Kindle Store
    « Reply #459 on: September 13, 2017, 08:18:21 pm »
    Betty, I can't seem to figure this out. Can you help, please?


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    Re: Posting text (and a bookcover picture) that links to the Kindle Store
    « Reply #460 on: September 17, 2017, 09:41:02 pm »
    Susan, what are you trying to do?  The covers look good--are you planning on putting them in your signature? The best way to do that is the author signature tool found in the top menu under "authors."

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    Re: Posting text (and a bookcover picture) that links to the Kindle Store
    « Reply #461 on: September 21, 2017, 05:29:42 pm »
    Susan, what are you trying to do?  The covers look good--are you planning on putting them in your signature? The best way to do that is the author signature tool found in the top menu under "authors."

    Betsy

    Sorry, Betty. I worked with it and got it up. Should have updated this. Thanks for the response, though. I appreciate it.

    * Yes, I gave up on getting it below the signature. I will play with hat now as well. Thanks again.
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    Can I convey you that I'm unable to make link for my book "See! You've a Magic Wand: Innovative Tools for Entrepreneurs" available on amazon. It is not getting searched on kindle store on putting keywords.

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    « Reply #463 on: April 09, 2018, 03:20:11 am »
    I've added my latest book but it's showing up on the line below - can you tell me how to fix it, please?

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    « Reply #464 on: April 09, 2018, 04:22:40 pm »
    Lexi, the images are too large. When you use the default size they stretch out farther on the line. If you reduces the size they should all fit.

    Also, be sure you haven't used a 'return' vs a 'space' between the last two.
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    « Reply #465 on: April 16, 2018, 10:26:13 am »
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    « Reply #466 on: January 30, 2019, 07:14:55 am »
    Hi,
    as a new member in january 2019, I'll try to understand how it works... Thanks for all you've all already given to the community. Cheers
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    Re: Posting text (and a bookcover picture) that links to the Kindle Store
    « Reply #467 on: March 30, 2020, 05:44:00 am »
    Although I never had any problem in the past, my covers are not showing in my signature.  The cover sizes have not changed from before.  Also Link-Maker is not working for me.  ASIN search returns nothing.  I tried both when just cutting and pasting the ASINs didn't work.  I have lost my covers and I would really like them back.  WIP bars are working fine.

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    Re: Posting text (and a bookcover picture) that links to the Kindle Store
    « Reply #468 on: April 04, 2020, 12:48:45 pm »
    Link-maker not working for me. Very frustrating.

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    « Reply #469 on: April 04, 2020, 01:21:01 pm »
    Link-maker not working for me. Very frustrating.

    The link-maker has not worked for at least 2 weeks, maybe slightly longer.  I don't know if it's an Amazon problem not allowing the connections to be made because of availability of non-digital items, whether Admin has larger problems on their plate because of the world-wide pandemic, or they just don't care about KB as an on-going site. :(

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    « Reply #470 on: April 05, 2020, 03:48:47 am »
    The link-maker has not worked for at least 2 weeks, maybe slightly longer.  I don't know if it's an Amazon problem not allowing the connections to be made because of availability of non-digital items, whether Admin has larger problems on their plate because of the world-wide pandemic, or they just don't care about KB as an on-going site. :(

    I think it's option C.  :-\
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    « Reply #471 on: April 17, 2020, 08:55:50 am »
    Re: link maker.

    It's true there's a problem pulling info from Amazon for the automated version. But the old manual version still works. See the italicized note below the search box on the link maker page. The word 'here' is a link to the manual version. All you need is the ASIN for a text link or do a 'copy image location' and enter that for an image link.
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    « Reply #472 on: April 19, 2020, 11:43:38 am »
    Re: link maker.

    It's true there's a problem pulling info from Amazon for the automated version. But the old manual version still works. See the italicized note below the search box on the link maker page. The word 'here' is a link to the manual version. All you need is the ASIN for a text link or do a 'copy image location' and enter that for an image link.



    Thanks. Bit of a mission to get used to after having the simple version  ::) ;)

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    « Reply #473 on: April 29, 2020, 01:36:05 pm »
    Just saw this on an Amazon Affiliate page:

    "If you have been using Amazon's Product Advertising API (PA API), you must upgrade all of your applications making calls to PA API 4.0 to Amazon's Product Advertising API version 5.0 (PA API 5.0) immediately. As of March 31, 2020, we have completed shut down of PA API 4. After this shutdown, your applications calling PA API 4 will no longer be able to retrieve Amazon product information; and you will receive an error message when your applications make calls to PA API 4.0. Please ignore this message if you have already completed the upgrade or have never used PA API."

    I expect management DIDN'T upgrade and that explains why the link maker isn't working. I don't check the page that often -- don't get a lot from the affiliate code I have and don't care that much -- so no idea how long the announcement has been there.
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    « Reply #474 on: April 30, 2020, 05:40:55 am »
    Just saw this on an Amazon Affiliate page:

    "If you have been using Amazon's Product Advertising API (PA API), you must upgrade all of your applications making calls to PA API 4.0 to Amazon's Product Advertising API version 5.0 (PA API 5.0) immediately. As of March 31, 2020, we have completed shut down of PA API 4. After this shutdown, your applications calling PA API 4 will no longer be able to retrieve Amazon product information; and you will receive an error message when your applications make calls to PA API 4.0. Please ignore this message if you have already completed the upgrade or have never used PA API."

    I expect management DIDN'T upgrade and that explains why the link maker isn't working. I don't check the page that often -- don't get a lot from the affiliate code I have and don't care that much -- so no idea how long the announcement has been there.

    Thanks. So will management be doing the upgrade?  :)

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