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Up to now I've mostly only used Amazon KDP because of the lack of ePub upload at Smashwords, and the fact that I'm not in the US. Now I've discovered XinXii and Kobo and suddenly my books may be available all over the place.
Here is my question: How do you deal with this on your "book page"?
For example, I've got a static page on my blog where I feature my books. http://mashadutoit.wordpress.com/my-books/

At the moment I've got "Get the ebook version here" (Amazon link) and "Get the print version here" (Book Depository link). But now there are so many new options. Do I ignore most of them and maybe just add a link to Kobo for those who are looking for ePubs? Or what?
 

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I give links on my website to every place where the ebook or print book are available. When I'm doing a guest post somewhere, then I link to whatever retailer the blog host prefers -- most of them prefer you to give the Amazon links (because they're Amazon affiliates or because their readers have Kindles), but some ask you to give multiple buy links.
 

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I list most of my buy links, but my book has its own page so there's room for all the clutter I want :D http://lauraraeamos.com/writing/exactly-where-theyd-fall-a-novel/

I also have an index (planning ahead for when I have more than one, lol!) where there aren't any buy links at all, just a short blurb and click-through to the book's page: http://lauraraeamos.com/writing/

I don't see any reason why you shouldn't list as many as you want. It's your space -- it's pretty much the only place on the whole internet that you can do exactly what you want. ;)
 
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I include as many links as I can find on my product pages. You want customers to know that they can buy the book where they want to buy it. Multiple outlets also creates the impression that the book is more successful than if it is only available on one site. It's a psychological thing. A person who has a Nook, for example, might not realize your book is available on BN.com if you only have the Amazon link on your site. Rule one of marketing: customers are lazy. You often need to hold their hand to walk them to the register, so to speak. Don't expect them to go looking for your book. They will forget. They will get distracted. Their attention will get redirected to something else to spend their money on. Make it easy for them by showing them where they can buy, then all they have to do is click the link.
 

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OK -- that makes sense. I may have to re-organize things on my book page to make a list that is easy to scan.

I like Laura's idea of an index too.  For one day when I have enough books to put on it!
 

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Laura Rae Amos said:
I list most of my buy links, but my book has its own page so there's room for all the clutter I want :D http://lauraraeamos.com/writing/exactly-where-theyd-fall-a-novel/

I also have an index (planning ahead for when I have more than one, lol!) where there aren't any buy links at all, just a short blurb and click-through to the book's page: http://lauraraeamos.com/writing/

I don't see any reason why you shouldn't list as many as you want. It's your space -- it's pretty much the only place on the whole internet that you can do exactly what you want. ;)
That's a great way to do it, but I'm curious why you didn't just put those links in the sidebar to save the customer the extra click. Not enough room?
 

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That's a great way to do it, but I'm curious why you didn't just put those links in the sidebar to save the customer the extra click. Not enough room?
Just thinking ahead, I guess. It wouldn't hurt to have a few buy links while I only have one book, but once there are more, I think it would start to look really spammy.
 

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Go with a website as opposed to a blog, which gives you complete control.  When my second book comes out, I will get the next bigger package on my website which will allow me to customize.  Right now I just have one book so I can get away with having the lowest package.
 

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Laura Rae Amos said:
Just thinking ahead, I guess. It wouldn't hurt to have a few buy links while I only have one book, but once there are more, I think it would start to look really spammy.
I'm in the process of switching over my buy-links on each book's page to icons instead, sort of like the social media icons you see on people's websites. We're already doing it that way on the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog, and I love it:

http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/cookbook/

So I'm going to have my web designer do it like that for each of my books' pages on my website. I think it'll look a lot cleaner and less cluttered than having tons of links, and people are smart enough to click the icon of the store they prefer so I don't have to say "Buy my book here!"
 

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Oooh, I like the icons too! Very nice and clean! I wouldn't have thought to do that!

Icons are a good idea all around. I've been meaning to find a nice matching set for my twitter/FB/etc. My husband works in web development, and he told me people are more likely to click an icon than a text link. For some people, they see a text link and their eyes just glance right over it, but with an icon they're like, "Oooh, pretty clicky!" lol! :D
 

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My website is just a template with my books and comics slotted in, but I include buy links to both books. I Googled "Amazon button" and selected "Images" and copied the buttons I wanted to use. Same with Barnes&Noble. It's getting kind of messy, though.

Go to http://www.janstrnad.com to check it out if you'd like. Prepare to be underwhelmed.
 

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Plus it's a relatively simple change that just makes your website look much fresher. It's always nice to switch things up and get new content and even a little icon swap like this would probably go a long way to making it look like you've updated.
 

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For my Wordpress Static page I just went with text links for simplicity: http://bernardmcox.wordpress.com/e-books/the-memory-of-a-salt-shaker-2/. Though, I really like the little GUI that Amanda Brice has. I've also noticed that most people have a synopsis which I have left off for no other reason than I forgot. :-[ I just fixed that. I do include links to my writings about the story.
 

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Jan Strnad said:
My website is just a template with my books and comics slotted in, but I include buy links to both books. I Googled "Amazon button" and selected "Images" and copied the buttons I wanted to use. Same with Barnes&Noble. It's getting kind of messy, though.

Go to http://www.janstrnad.com to check it out if you'd like. Prepare to be underwhelmed.
Yeah, all those little boxes are taking away from the aesthetics of the site. I think Laura's got the right idea. Click on the book you want, and THEN all he available links pop up.
 

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I have a books list with the covers for all the available books, and then you click on each cover to get the info for that book. I don't care for websites that have all the books on the same page. Way too cluttered, and really you want to use as much real estate as possible for each book. You want to give your blurb, cover quotes, reviews, excerpts, buy links (or clickable icons), book trailer, whatever. And you can't do all that if you throw all the books onto one page.
 

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I've put up the amazon links for US, UK and Japan on my blog.  I'm actually thinking of taking down the book graphics on the main blog page and just leaving the one for my current novel so it's not too cluttered and having the rest listed on my "books" page.  I go on some author sites, esp for erotica and they have graphics for 20+ books including every anthology their work has been in.  It gets visually overwhelming to me.  Also, this might be a bit mercanary, but I'd rather use my blog to promote my own books that I earn royalties on than anthologies where I've been paid a flat rate and have nothing more to gain.

Oh to answer the question, I think I just have the amazon links not smashwords.  Icons would be nice but I guess that would mean all sites having a logo that is easily identifable to people.  The amazon one is but I'm not sure about others.  I actually wanted to get an amazon icon to put with my twitter, facebook etc ones so I could link it to my author page but couldn't find any sets with amazon included.
 
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