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How to Embed Twitter on Your Kindle Book Page: Top Secret Free for All

This book will be free for you to download Tuesday through Wednesday. Spread the word, let your fellow authors enjoy the free download too!

~ M. Eigh

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Get Twitter Followers While Selling Your Books: How to Embed a Tweet Box in Your Book Description
by M. Eigh

 

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Free on Amazon: How to Embed Social Share Buttons in Your Kindle Book Pages

An exciting new book from M. Eigh, FREE for you.

Hi guys,

M. Eigh has just released a new book, titled How to Embed Social Share Buttons in Your Kindle Book Pages. To show my heartfelt appreciation for your purchase of my book KDP’s Best-Kept Secret Revealed: How to Embed Videos and Widgets in Your Book Description, I’m offering this book free to you.

The book is here: http://amzn.to/18xrEHq. It will be free for two days, starting midnight Pacific Sunday till midnight Pacific Monday.

I know we live in a viral society and Amazon does not offer a mechanism for me to control who can enjoy the free download, so some people who have not purchased “Secret” will enjoy the free download too. So you might as well do your friends a favor and let them know.

But rest assured that this book is by no means going to devalue the “Secret” book you have bought. That is still and will always be the bible of Kindle book description, forever the holy grail.

So, don’t miss the free download. And if you have enjoyed my books and benefited form the know-how’s in it, please post a review on the book’s Amazon pages. One good turn deserves another, from an Indie to another Indie.

Cheers,

M. Eigh

http://m.eigh.com

Copyright © 2013 M. Eigh, All rights reserved.

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Amazon KDP Authors Getting Fancy with their Kindle Book Pages

The following is a list of real Amazon KDP authors who implemented the technology introduced in my book KDP’s Best-Kept Secret Revealed: How to Embed Videos and Widgets in Your Book Description. This is a short list that reflect only the use cases I know of. As the book gets more popular day by day, I am sure I will get to know more wonderful and creative implementations. If you have done yours, please let me know your page URL. Or if you know someone has done it and does not mind my listing the book page, please let me know the URL too. You can drop me a line right there at my book page at http://amzn.to/1evdevT. (Well, embedding a opt-in or contact us form on your book page is part of the trade secret revealed in that book.)

A Secret about Author Central KDP Support Does Not Want You to Know

If your current Author Central account is not with Amazon.com, but with one of the following instead:

  • Amazon.co.uk
  • Amazon.in
  • Amazon.de
  • Amazon.fr
  • Amazon.es
  • Amazon.it
  • Amazon.co.jp
  • Amazon.com.br
  • Amazon.ca
  • Amazon.com.mx

You should immediately open another Author Central account with Amazon.com to gain the full  range of editing access to your books’ details. An Author Central account established with Amazon.com allows you to have up to three noms de plume. Different noms de plume come handy when you write books that cross categories or genre drastically. For example, if you are quite established on political science but all of a sudden want to try your hand on paranormal romance, you are probably better off publishing your experimental romance under a different name than the one that appears on your political science books, lest you startle your readers and lose their loyalty.

However, the more important advantage you gain with an Author Central account with Amazon.com is the access to edit the descriptive details of all your books affiliated with all your noms de plume. Seeing is believing. The following screenshot comparison, courtesy of UK-based author Mr. Philip Henly, should be able to convince you:

The first screenshot shows the book detail interface when Phlip logs into his Author Central account with Amazon.co.uk:

authorcentral_uk

There does not appear anything editable there.

The second screenshot shows you what Philip gets when he log into his Author Central account with Amazon.com. He gets tabs of editing interface: Editorial Reviews, Book Details and Book Extras, each of which presents multiple editable fields.

authorcentral_us_kindle

Last but not least, you get separate three-tab editing access to a different edition (a.k.a., format. such as paperback or audio,) as shown in the third screenshot:

authorcentral_us

You can do wonders with these three editing tabs. (For details on that, check out my latest popular book KDP’s Best-Kept Secret Revealed: How to Embed Videos and Widgets in Your Book Description.)

So if your KDP home base is not Amazon.com, start by opening an Author Central account with Amazon.com.

So do yourself a favor, open up an Author Central account with Amazon.com today. And if you are serious about taking advantage of this secret tunnel to book marketing, read KDP’s Best-Kept Secret Revealed: How to Embed Videos and Widgets in Your Book Description.

Why Indie Authors Should Still Do KDP Select Free Promo

I truly believe that nobody can twist the arms of those who are not willing to pay for ebooks to actually pay for your ebooks. Those people will always hunt for freebies. And if the freebies are NOT available, they will check Torrent and download the pirated copies free anyway. It happened with many of my books.

With those free-loaders and hoarders, you can’t win. But the point of KDP Select is to build a lot of affiliation. If a book of yours does not sell and you do not promote it through KDP Select promo, it will just be sitting there pretty by itself. Very few people will ever stumble on it since it will not pop up in any category ranking (Amazon only list the top 100 best sellers of each category.)

On the contrary, when your book takes a ride on a KDP freebie promo, it builds extensive, random affiliation, such as “Buyers who viewed Joyland also viewed [insert your book title here]” or “Buyers who have purchased Fifty Shades of Grey also bought [insert your book title here]” (since free downloads are considered “Amazon verified purchase” in Amazon’s book.)

The rest is statistics. If one out of one hundred of those random affiliation brings you one sale after the promo and you have had three hundred free download, you will sell three copies. Math will never disappoint you. That’s why you want more people to download your book when it is free. In this hypothetical example of one to one hundred sales to freebies ration, three thousand downloads will give you 30 sales.

Of course, you can do a lot to maximize the return of these free downloads, particularly during the downloaders’ visits to your book page.

I wrote a book recently to discuss the wonderful and effective things you could do to retain the visitors’ attention and also sell them your non-freebie title, or at least to try the free samples.

Take a glance of my book on this subject to see if it can be of any value to you: http://amzn.to/1evdevT.

How to Embed a Facebook Post Box in Your Kindle Book Description

View a live demo here.

Now I will walk you through the steps of getting your Facebook Post box, which pertains to one specific post of yours, embedded in Kindle book description. The type or types of the Facebook box(es) you choose to embed in your book description is of no importance to our discussion in this chapter.

a)      Visit Facebook’s social plugin page at https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/. From the left nave choose “Embedded posts.”

fb_embedded_post

b)      Once I supply my Facebook post’s URL, the widget becomes live:

supply_fb_post_url

c)      Click on the “Get Code” and you will be presented with the code block. Make sure that the HTML5 tab is active. Other formats work as well but for the purpose of embedding the widget into Amazon’s book field, HTML5 is the most suitable:

fb_widget_code

You have probably noticed that Facebook’s widget code, just like that of Twitter, features simple HTML but fairly convoluted Javascript:

<div class=”fb-post” data-href=” //www.facebook.com/by.m.eigh/posts/224182587738322″></div>
<div id=”fb-root”></div>
<script>(function(d, s, id) {
var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];
if (d.getElementById(id)) return;
js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;
js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1″;
fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);
}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));</script>
Once again, we are forced to interpret and re-write the code. For a detailed discussion on how such Javascript should be rewritten, please refer to Chapter Twelve of my book KDP’s Best-Kept Secret Revealed: How to Embed Videos and Widgets in Your Book Description.

From here on we just need to follow the same procedure detailed in Chapter Five of my book KDP’s Best-Kept Secret Revealed: How to Embed Videos and Widgets in Your Book Description. And voila, we have the Facebook Post Box in a book field:

fb_box_live

Let me also point it out to you: Every step of the way throughout the above process, I have to vigilantly strip off the “http:” or “https:” part of a URLs referenced in the widgets’ code block. By default, all the URLs in the code block you obtain from Twitter or Facebook contains such strings. Do not forget to strip them off, or else your widget cannot be rendered in your book page.

For a more in-depth explanation this unique deal-breaker, please read my book KDP’s Best-Kept Secret Revealed: How to Embed Videos and Widgets in Your Book Description.

How to Embed a Tweet Box in Your Kindle Book Description

View a live demo here.

Now I will walk you through the steps of getting your Tweet box embedded in Kindle book description.

a) The first step is to obtain the block of HTML and Javascript code that comes from your Twitter account. After you log into your Twitter account, browse to https://twitter.com/settings/widgets and you will get to option to create your own widget:

create_twitter_widgets

b) You will have choices to create different kinds of widgets but that is completely out of scope with this book. For demonstration purposes, I will use the “Tweets by M. Eigh (@m_eigh)” widget I have already created for myself. Once you click on “Edit,” you will be able to see how the widget looks and copy its code:

twitter_widget_editor

c) For my Tweet box I get the following code:

<a class=”twitter-timeline” href=”https://twitter.com/m_eigh” data-widget-id=”289132321204998144″>Tweets by @m_eigh</a>
<script>!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?’http':’https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+”://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);</script>

This is when things get tricky. In general, all HTML block of any social media widget must be treated verbatim when you input them into KDP book field. On the contrary, all Javascript block cannot be treated verbatim. In fact, almost all of them must be rewritten. It is an interpretative re-write in principle. And there is no cheat sheet or formula to follow. You either know how to read Javascript and replace the highlighted block with a more straightforward, Amazon book field friendly Javascript equivalent, or you just have to work with someone who knows Javascript well enough to get it done.
The most often used re-write are fairly simple and elaborated in my book KDP’s Best-Kept Secret Revealed: How to Embed Videos and Widgets in Your Book Description.

After the rewrite, all I need to do is follow the steps outlined in Chapter Five of KDP’s Best-Kept Secret Revealed: How to Embed Videos and Widgets in Your Book Description. to input the code block into a book field.

Voila, there I have my Tweet box live on Amazon:

tweet_box