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Tech Tip for Writers #182–Easy Amazon Universal Link

Tech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have asked about. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future tip.

You may have seen this on my education blog

When I promote my books on Amazon, I want to provide a link that automatically takes readers/buyers to their country’s Amazon outlet without adding a reference to the website that provided the universal link. I don’t want to depend upon that site always being there to manage the link. What if they go out of business? Or their site is down? It’s the same reason I buy ISBNs directly rather than use the ‘free’ ones on offer from various markets. For a while, I thought there were no options.

Until I found this. Here’s how to set up a simple Amazon universal link without branding, that goes directly to Amazon:

  1. Type in the Amazon Universal link URL
  2. Add your book ASIN after the =. For example, my book is:

Sound too easy? Click the link! You’ll see my latest book, Natural Selection. I know–way too simple.

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Savage Land Winter 2024


94 thoughts on “Tech Tip for Writers #182–Easy Amazon Universal Link

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    • I’m not terribly trusting, but Amazon sounds like a safe bet, especially since all of my books are there anyway.

      On the other hand, Amazon is discontinuing their Ignite education portal that took me hours (and hours) to set up, which was after they discontinued their Amazon Advantage portal (which took me weeks to set up and maintain and at one point made me a lot of money). Not sure what will happen with that.

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  2. This is great! Being Canadian, I’m usually blocked from purchasing directly from most people’s blog links. I have to go to the Canadian Amazon site to purchase. I’m way behind in all things writing because I’ve been busy working on my AUTOCAD course, but I will keep this in mind when I get more free time. Thanks for sharing, Jacqui. 🙂

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  3. Thanks for this helpful info Jacqui. You said it. All my booklinks on my blog for all my books, except my newest, are dead links I discovered when I went to use the site I’d used for years, for my new book. What a pain. 😦

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  4. This sounds easy! Thanks. I do have a problem with universal links though. I live in Spain and buy my books from as I often have them sent to Canadian addresses. So when I click a universal link, it always takes me to which I don’t want.

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  5. I’m so impressed with your knowledge of technology and greatly appreciate these tips!! I printed it out so I can keep it on my desk and use it instead of the cut and paste from my books Amazon page.

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    • Nothing wrong with any of those that offer to create a universal link. I like to be as independent and insulated as possible, just in case. I have a D2D account and considered using their universal–until I found this!


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