Short Links for Your Books

Just a little reference post for those who deal with making links for books, like I, and many of my friends, do.

Each site has a long, complicated URL for your title… but most also have a short, nice looking one too.


Amazon will add the entire text to the Magna Charta onto your URL if you don’t watch it.

LampLight, Volume 3, issue 1, Kindle:

LampLight, Volume 3, issue 1, print:

The easiest way to get a good link is to click the email link in the share option, and just copy the link from there. You can make it as such:

For Kindle:

Where you get your ASIN from the product details.

For Print: 10)

In both cases, you’ll see the number you need in the URL, next to the DP.

so, for our examples, we have the following:



and, if you want, you can do one better and use instead, for even shorter ones.

Barnes and Noble is already a long URL, add on the remainder, and it gets a bit unwieldy.

But that’s ok! There is also Add on a short cut, and you can get nice, clean URLs for your books: ID)

Which is that ean= number at the end of the URL, so for this example:

For your print book, the formula is the same, just one detail is different—the EAN number is your ISBN-13, not the BN ID

reduces to:

Kobo and Smashwords

Unfortunately, neither of these has a good way of doing links. For both, simply copy the link for the book.


Apple presents a few challenges for links with its iTunes store. Thankfully, they have a link maker—just search for your title and poof!

So, not nice and tidy, but they are easier to find, at least. These links will go direct to iTunes if installed, or show a web view if not.