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A few of you have been asking about international links (especially Jonah X and Simon, who are in germany and the uk respectively, though I know there’s a lot more of you.)

I’ve just gotten them implemented on the database entries.

They’re not visible from the reading orders (yet?), but any book that has an isbn number now should have four little flags on the page, like this:

International SC:

I feel like these are pretty self explanatory. Nonetheless, let’s go over em. These are the four main non-Us countries with amazon affiliate programs I can use. There does seem to be possibilities for china, japan, and italy, but I can’t figure them out and I think they won’t actually pay TRO without a bank account in those countries. In any case, these were pretty easy to sign up for (the three EU ones all worked at once.)

There’s the UK, Canada, France, and Germany. Which conveniently covers a good chunk of our international traffic. I hope those links help people in nearby countries as well.

I did have some questions that perhaps you guys could help with. Right now, the “search” structure is the same for each link. They’re generated using the ISBN number, since titles are not reliable internationally.

But while the “books” category links seem to work fine for UK and CA, while it finds the right book, the FR and DE links seem to show error messages. Anyone know how I can fix that? Maybe my links are formatted incorrectly?

Let me know!

While doing this, I figured out a way to get cover images from amazon for any book I that has an isbn number. It’s possible we could use this to have 90% of the marvel books upload with covers.

What I want to figure out, though, is a way to have the default amazon cover replaced if I upload my own cover scan (because a lot of them are low quality or the wrong book.) I’ll get working on that.

I think I’m going to increase the thumbnail size to 75×75 pixels though, since that would match up with amazon’s default thumbs, making it easier to have a mix of both.

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  1. avatar jonah_X wrote on at February 1, 2011 7:40 am:

    That’s so great, thank you Ian!

    I tried the little german flag with Jonah Hex: Face Full of Violence. On the amazon-page there’s a report “1401210953 (or what ISBN-number there is) not found. Best results for 1401210953:” and the best results are eventually Jonah Hex: Face Full of Violence.
    So, essentially, your flag-idea works out pretty well. This will revolutionize buying comic-books on amazon – I think amazon will have to thank you!

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    avatar Ian replied on February 1st, 2011 at 1:25 pm:

    yeah, it’s weird that it does that. I think it’s because the links I’m using are in this format:

    http://www.amazon.de/gp/search?keywords=AUTOISBNHERE&index=books&linkCode=qs&tag=affiliatecodeforcountryhere

    It’s the “books” category that seems to be wrong, since I copied the link format from the co.uk one. It still seems to work though – I’m just going to have to check to make sure the clicks are being recorded.

    Still, I’d like to figure out the right search format for german and french affiliate links.

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  2. avatar Simon wrote on at February 1, 2011 10:21 am:

    It’s weird that the foreign language Amazon’s don’t link their ISBN’s directly but require a search inside the book description as Jonah X points out. I think it must have something to do with the books not being written in their national tongue; if we had the ISBN for a couple german/french editions we could check that out.

    Sorry I couldn’t test it out before you blogged it, I had to go to uni and focus on the real world for a couple of hours. But awesome work and I’ll deff be buying through this now.

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  1. Simon
    wrote on at February 1, 2011 10:25 am:

    It would appear to be that, I tested it out on the German site.
    Go onto Amazon.de and put in 3551749078 to the search bar and it will return the german translation of Blankets with no error message.

    I don’t think there is a way around this but if the best results are shown below then you should still get the affiliate money right?

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  2. Simon
    wrote on at February 1, 2011 10:47 am:

    Hate to be the bringer of slightly more bad tidings to the situ, the UK links are bit iffy too; they work but just not always 100%. Here almost all our books are republished by Titan books, and they have exact same layout (in fact most are the same as DC Comics but with a whit esticker over their barcode and ISBN). This means the UK releases have a different ISBN to their USA counterparts; although often on Amazon they show both versions and the prices can differ drastically:

    Ex1: Superman Earth One
    Titan books 085768003X £8.79 with free delivery
    DC Comics (the one the flag links to) 1401224687 £10.24 + £2.80 shipping

    So obviously people would end up clicking on the other version and this might loose you your aff. link money????

    The reasoning behind the two postings on the site is that often books come out over there a couple of months earlier than they do here, so they use a different ISBN number to make it a different book and then get away with different release dates.

    Obviously there are sellers who ship from the US so we can get them when you do but at an increased price. This price doesn’t go down either so they stay high even once released here and that’s why you can guarantee that the UK ISBN is the cheaper price 99% of the time.

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  3. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at February 1, 2011 1:29 pm:

    Simon said:

    This means the UK releases have a different ISBN to their USA counterparts; although often on Amazon they show both versions and the prices can differ drastically:
    Ex1: Superman Earth One
    Titan books 085768003X £8.79 with free delivery
    DC Comics (the one the flag links to) 1401224687 £10.24 + £2.80 shipping
    So obviously people would end up clicking on the other version and this might loose you your aff. link money????


    I see what you’re talking about, but I think that’s ok. It’s listed under the other editions under the book so hopefully people can find it (and our listings here are for the ones not published by titan, though they usually don’t differ much.)

    The affiliate links don’t actually need to link people right to the product (though they tend to result in sales better if they do!) Basically, as long as you end up on amazon after clicking an affiliate link, TRO will get the credit for sending you. Even if all you buy is a pair of socks or womanly hygiene products (this has happened. We also got a kindle sale once!)

    At least, that’s the way the US program works. I’ll have to check, but I think the international programs work the same way.

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  4. Simon
    wrote on at February 2, 2011 3:02 am:

    Kindle sale?!?! Sorry I had a full response but those two words dumped all other response out of my ear onto the floor. If it's not needed direct to exact product then it should be okay as it is, just worth checking.

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  5. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at February 2, 2011 3:10 am:

    I guess you could test it by purchasing something (not directly linked), but we wouldn't know the results for a couple days. Just let me know when you eventually do, and I'll double check to make sure it's working.

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  6. Simon
    wrote on at February 2, 2011 6:53 am:

    Okay well I'll do that once I find something I've been meaning to purchase for a while, and I'll let you know if it is something missing an ISBN too

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  7. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at February 2, 2011 6:54 am:

    sure thing. a lot of books are still missing them, but I'm working on it as we speak :)

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  8. Simon
    wrote on at February 2, 2011 7:08 am:

    Call my names if you want but I found two books I've been waiting to come back into UK print that are back, but neither appear on he online list yet…

    Hulk: Gray and Spiderman: Blue

    Apologies but these will be the only books I will be getting my next full pay-day, about 3 weeks away. Obviously they will be in print for a while so can delay order a few days to let you pop them online if you want, if not I'll just go ahead and get them without the test

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  9. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at February 2, 2011 7:14 am:

    I'll just make some links real quick and post them here so we can test it:

     

    search link:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/sea…..areaord-21

     

    Direct links:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/pro…..0785134484

     

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/pro…..0785134468

     

    I'm pretty sure the direct links will work, so maybe try just going to the search link, finding the hulk book on your own, and checking out without clicking the other two. Then in a couple days I can check the order history on the affiliate account and see if it worked.

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  10. Simon
    wrote on at February 2, 2011 7:19 am:

    SC!!!!!!! And for that reason I had to use search function for both books inside the uk site

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  11. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at February 2, 2011 7:21 am:

    I thought that might be the case, kind of did it on purpose, haha. We wanna see if it still works even if you have to mess about on amazon a bit before getting what you want.

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  12. Simon
    wrote on at February 2, 2011 7:22 am:

    Hulk Gray order for 10.29 off the marketplace as for some reason the TPB are for pre-order despite having release dates of over 5 years ago! Found through your top link, avoiding the other two and then using search tool inside the website

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  13. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at February 2, 2011 7:34 am:

    Cool, I'll see if it pops up and let you know!

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