Masquerade Crew's blog. I thought it was really cool. The sample was much better than the one I see when I "look inside" on Amazon's site, which is often filled with table of contents and dedications.
The embedded Kindle for the Web gives the reader a full three chapters of the book. Three chapters should give any reader enough a feel for the book to know whether they will want to keep reading or not. I've decided to add it to my reviews. Not only will the reader get my opinion of the book, but then can take it for a test drive without leaving the site.
Those of you who are Amazon Affiliates might be thinking "Whoa, wait a minute. If the reader doesn't click over to Amazon to check out the book then how will I earn my advertising cents?" True, I might be losing out on the possibility that someone clicks to Amazon to check out the summary, reviews, "look inside" and though doesn't purchase the book makes another purchase while there. From watching the what is bought through my links, I think it is a rare occurrence. It does happen occasionally though (check back Friday to see what people purchase through my links). I don't think I will see a great loss. Instead, I think perhaps it will boost sales.
Within the embed code you can add your affiliate link so when they finish the sample they can click right there in the window to purchase the ebook. I still include a buy link within the posts in case the reader prefers to get the print edition. I think it particularly will be good for the books that I can't rave about, you know the ones that just aren't my cup of tea, like this week's review of Morgan Kane: Without Mercy.
Do you like the idea of reading a sample right on the blog you are reading? Will you embed samples on your blog? If so, how do you see it enhancing your blog?
Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the publisher, editor and head writer for Girl Who Reads and author of the how-to manual Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour