This new feature, Bubbly Berls Babbles (or BBB), is kind of an adaptation of my old feature, Fun Questions, back at Fantasy is More Fun. And the title tells it all. I’m Bubbly, I’m Berls, and I’m about to Babble about something! I hope you’ll babble along with me 🙂
Today Bubbly Berls Babbles about Book Links
Let me preface this discussion by saying that I KNOW it’s not that big of a deal. I just what to know why… okay 🙂 ?
So book links. You’re reviewing a book or telling people about this book you just grabbed or that’s coming out, etc. I get that several bloggers use affiliate links and they like to use their Amazon link so that if I buy the book they get a tiny kickback (and I do mean tiny… once upon a time I cared about that and it was so small it just wasn’t worth it). But why can’t we also get the Goodreads link?
Stick with me for a second.
Monetizing your blog is all well and good IF it doesn’t overrun the blog. I hate going to blogs where ads pop up non stop and I can’t find the content for all the ads. And I realize that using affiliate links instead of a Goodreads link is nothing compared to that. But it is really inconvenient if I don’t want to buy the book right now – I just want to add it to my TBR or check where it falls in a series I may or may not have read, see if some of my other goodreads friends have read it, etc.
Yes, I’m fully capable of opening Goodreads (who am I kidding? It’s always already open in another tab) and typing in the name of the book. But we all also know that Goodreads search feature is not the best and I may have a little fun finding the book, especially if it’s one with a weird/unusually styled title or a title that’s been done a few times. So no, it’s not necessary to give me the Goodreads link. But if you give me the Goodreads link, I can then do everything I want to do PLUS from there I can easily go to Amazon and purchase the book. Or, if I use other retailers (GASP!) look it up with them.
So, as I said… I know it’s not a big deal. I can and will continue to find my books on Goodreads. But man would it be nice if a Goodreads link was a standard I could count on.
Oh and side note – can our links be clearly indicated? Like, “clicking on image will take you to Amazon” and so forth? Sometimes it’s like roulette clicking on an image! You never know where you’ll land lol!