An Embedding Experiment I Hope Does Not Go Awry

You may know that Amazon has a cool feature for Kindle books where you can embed a preview right into a website page or blog post page. Now, on a site like this one, hosted on WordPress.com, embedded material like that is not supposed to work because of the secure environment here.

I heard of a workaround on kboards and I wanted to try it out here with my book, The Inventor’s Son:

As you can see, I was successful. Here’s what you do:

  • On any Kindle Edition Book page on Amazon, on the right side of the screen, you will see some options for sharing located under the buy buttons. The option to “embed” is on the far right side, beside the Pinterest button.
  • When you click on embed, you get a pop-up screen that Amazon will populate with code that you can copy and paste into your page or post. They will give you two options: “Get a Link” or “Embed on your Site.” Make sure “Get a Link” is clicked, then copy the code highlighted in the box.
  • Then, just paste it into your page or post here on WordPress.com! Don’t use the “Embed on your Site” option, because you can’t use iframes here on WordPress.com.
  • One thing you need to be careful about: If you are like me, you might have your own self-hosted site somewhere too, and if that’s true, you might have started an Amazon Associates account to generate some affiliate income. If you happen to be signed in on Amazon when you create the link for the Kindle Preview, Amazon automatically attaches your affiliate code to the link. I’ve heard of people getting their WordPress.com sites shut down for using affiliate links here so it would be a really good idea to make sure you don’t have the affiliate code in the link before you publish your page.

Now we need to get preview features from the other sellers like Kobo and Barnes & Noble. Does anyone know about one I can try?

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