Thursday, July 14, 2011

Some changes coming to Livre du Jour

Barnes & Noble, my favorite affiliate for books and ebooks, has switched affiliate programs.  Now, instead of using the Google Affiliate Network, they are using LinkShare.  I'm not sure how I feel about this yet, as it is causing me to have to set up a new account and change all of my many links — and I have less than a month in which to do it.  However, it will force me to do some much-needed maintenance on old posts, so maybe there is a bright side to all the extra work.

It will mean an improvement in links for my readers, however.  Barnes & Noble recently redesigned their site so that they have product pages that list all editions of a book: hardcover, paperback, and ebook.  Google's affiliate program didn't make it very easy to link to those pages, so I had to choose a single format to link to.  Although it's arguably slightly more time-consuming, LinkShare does make it easy to link to their multiple-format listings, which will make it easier for my readers to find their preferred format for any book reviewed here.  In addition, all product links will be set to open in a new window, which will make it easier for you to buy books without losing your place on my blog.

I'll be making the changes over the next few weeks, and all of the new reviews will include the new affiliate links.  As always, please let me know if you have any problems with any of the links, or find something wrong with any of my posts, by leaving a comment or contacting me directly.

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