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bn.com link in addition to Amazon?

Hey, it would be cool if you would sign up for an affilication program for a different bookseller, for those of us who refuse to buy from Amazon due to their apparent desire to patent everything short of breathing. That would definitely make me more interested in the book club . . .

Tim Keating
Wednesday, October 15, 2003

(with thanks to West Wing)
I think self sacrifice should involve some sacrifice. 

If you aren't strong enough in your beliefs to naviage to BN.com and do a title or author search than perhaps you shouldn't espouse them so vociferously.

Kero
Wednesday, October 15, 2003

The affliation benefits Joel (presumably, at no cost to you). Navigating independently does not.

njkayaker
Wednesday, October 15, 2003

ack. Everyone can manage their own purchasing process and cookies.

fool for python
Thursday, October 16, 2003

What, you haven't already set up a javascript bookmarklet to pop you from Amazon to your favorite bookstore?  Here's one that takes you to Powell's, from an Amazon ASIN page:

javascript:url=location.href;url=url.substring(url.indexOf('ASIN/')+5,url.length);url=url.substring(0,url.indexOf('/'));url='http://www.powells.com/search/DTSearch/search?kw=&isbn='+escape(url)+'&author=&publisher=&title=&section=&class=all&binding=any&sort=by_title&sort2=by_author&store=all&perpage=10';location.href=url;

or from a "details" page:

javascript:url=location.href;url=url.substring(url.indexOf('detail/-/')+9,url.length);url=url.substring(0,url.indexOf('/'));url='http://www.powells.com/search/DTSearch/search?kw=&isbn='+escape(url)+'&author=&publisher=&title=&section=&class=all&binding=any&sort=by_title&sort2=by_author&store=all&perpage=10';location.href=url;

Just paste one of these babies into a bookmark.  Then, when on an Amazon page, just click the bookmark to jump instantly to Powell's, or whatever bookstore you want to go to.

Phillip J. Eby
Thursday, October 16, 2003

Argh.  The links were mangled.  Here they are again:

javascript:url=location.href;
url=url.substring(url.indexOf('ASIN/')+5,url.length);
url=url.substring(0,url.indexOf('/'));
url='http://www.powells.com/search/DTSearch/search?kw=&isbn='+escape(url)+'&author=&publisher=&title=&section=&class=all&binding=any&sort=by_title&sort2=by_author&store=all&perpage=10';
location.href=url;

javascript:url=location.href;
url=url.substring(url.indexOf('detail/-/')+9,url.length);
url=url.substring(0,url.indexOf('/'));
url='http://www.powells.com/search/DTSearch/search?kw=&isbn='+escape(url)+'&author=&publisher=&title=&section=&class=all&binding=any&sort=by_title&sort2=by_author&store=all&perpage=10';
location.href=url;

Remove the newlines, of course.

Phillip J. Eby
Thursday, October 16, 2003

Damnit.  %$%$$%$ ASP page...

javascript:url=location.href;
url=url.substring(url.indexOf('ASIN/')+5,url.length);
url=url.substring(0,url.indexOf('/'));
url='http://www.powells.com/search/DTSearch/search?kw=&isbn='+
escape(url)+
'&author=&publisher=&title=&section=&class=all'+
'&binding=any&sort=by_title&sort2=by_author&store=all&perpage=10';
location.href=url;

javascript:url=location.href;
url=url.substring(url.indexOf('detail/-/')+9,url.length);
url=url.substring(0,url.indexOf('/'));
url='http://www.powells.com/search/DTSearch/search?kw=&isbn='+
escape(url)+
'&author=&publisher=&title=&section=&class=all'+
'&binding=any&sort=by_title&sort2=by_author&store=all&perpage=10';
location.href=url;

Phillip J. Eby
Thursday, October 16, 2003

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