All credit to Deborah Macgillivray for sharing a heads-up with me, which I am now passing on in my own words to my author friends.
Apparently, (and quite rightly in my humble opinion) bookstore buyers would appreciate a bit of fairness and equality when it comes to where authors' "Buy" links.
I used to have "BUY" gateway pages, directing would-be purchasers to bookstores in the USA, in Canada, in the UK, in Europe, in Australia.... everywhere in the world. I had so many links, I was afraid I'd look like a spam site!
So, I rationalized a bit. Rather than choose one online retailer over another, I directed my front page "BUY" links to my publishers' sites. That ought in theory to be fair to all, and put my reader en route to the best possible new book price. I still have links for Tesco and WHSmith and Blackwell and Forbidden Planet in the UK, (it seems that in the UK only Book Express or amazon.uk has Forced Mate, by the way) and to Loot in South Africa, and to Krisostomus in Continental Europe, and to my bookseller friends in Australia and New Zealand.
It looks as though I'm going to have to diversify my links to the USA stores, or in the future, my next release may not be ordered by stores to which I've neglected to link.
The recommended format is
For those who would like handy urls to get started, here are mine
For Knight's Fork
I'm also adding Book Finder for my readers' further convenience
As I think it will be helpful to me, I'm assembling the "All My Books" pages at the same time
ALL MY BOOKS ON POWELLS
ALL MY BOOKS ON BARNES AND NOBLE
ALL MY BOOKS ON BOOKSAMILLION
ALL MY BOOKS ON BORDERS
ALL MY BOOKS ON INDIEBOUND
ALL MY BOOKS ON FICTIONWISE
NEW LINK FOR MATING NET... NOW A KINDLE
ALL MY BOOKS ON JEXBO.COM
USED BOOK SITES
BOOKFINDER (a compendium of all US book sites)
I hope this is helpful, and makes a chore a little easier.
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