I was very excited to read the blog post “Amazon introduces a new short cut to your Amazon book URL” on the site Publishing Unleashed.
I’ve been using bit.ly to shorten my book Amazon links because bit.ly automatically changes an Amazon link into a shortened URL that has an abbreviation for Amazon in it — such as this bit.ly link for my cozy mystery CAST THE FIRST STONE — http://amzn.to/SLYBJY
Apparently Amazon has noticed this problem of very long book URLs and created shortcuts. The newest shortcut is using your ebook’s ASIN number or your print book’s 10-digit ISBN number with www.amzn.com like this:
www.amzn.com/B00A29SS6C — ebook of CAST THE FIRST STONE
www.amzn.com/1490535489 — paperback of CAST THE FIRST STONE
This is still not as short as the bit.ly Amazon link, but definitely a huge improvement over the unshortened Amazon book links, especially for use on social media sites. And it does save the extra step of going to bit.ly to create a shortened Amazon URL.
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Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of fiction and nonfiction books/ebooks, including TOP TIPS FOR HOW TO PUBLISH AND MARKET YOUR BOOK IN THE AGE OF AMAZON and the romantic suspense spy thriller CIA FALL GUY.