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This week on the Open Book Blog Hop we’ve been asked to post a tutorial.

I’m not as computer literate as most of my fellow authors, and so I’m going to post two really easy things here that even I have been able to do!

As far as I can tell the ability to embed a preview doesn’t seem to be available on Amazon.co.uk (please put me right if I’m wrong), but on Amazon.com it is possible to add Amazon’s preview of your book to your own website, and here’s how:

1.  On Amazon.com, search for the Kindle book that you want to share.

2.  Click the ‘Embed’ link next to the other sharing options to obtain the Kindle instant preview.

3.  Copy the URL or embed the HTML code onto your website to share.

The end result looks like this (have a look just underneath the book cover):


I recently spent a happy hour embedding previews for all my books!


Also thanks to fellow author Chris Harrison I found out how to turn a web address into a link. I’ll use the interview I did with Chris last year as an example.  The web address to start with looks like this:


Additions to this (I’ve put them in bold for easier viewing) would be as follows:

<a href=”http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk/interviewing-chris-harrison” target=”_blank”>

Then add a message such as this:  Read the interview here and add  </a> at the end.

The end result looks like this:

<a href=”http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk/interviewing-chris-harrison” target=”_blank”>Read the interview here</a>

People will only see Read the interview here, but it’s a link to the interview when they move their mouse over it.

I’ve put this address in ‘visual’ rather than the HTML option, as otherwise all you’d see is Read the interview here!

I expect P.J MacLayne will have more to say than I do on this subject.  A computer geek by day and a writer by night, P.J. MacLayne grew up in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania and sets much of her writing in that landscape. She currently lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.  You can check out her Amazon author page here http://www.amazon.com/P.J.-MacLayne/e/B00HVE8WZI/ and her blogs  here   http://pjmaclayne.blogspot.co.uk/

To link your tutorial to this hop, please click on the link below.  The rules are also given below:

Link your blog to this hop, and notify your following that you are participating in this blog hop. Promise to visit/leave a comment on all participants’ blogs, and tweet/or share each person’s blog post (use #OpenBook when tweeting).  Also, put a banner on your blog that you are participating.

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