#AmazonCart: get Kindle samples directly from Twitter

#AmazonCart: get Kindle samples directly from Twitter

Here’s an innovation!

Amazon has just introduced

#AmazonCart (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

in the USA (linked above) and the UK.

I think people will really use this…although your first thought might be, “Great…like I need another way to buy stuff at Amazon!” 😉

This is how it works.

You see a tweet on Twitter with a link to an Amazon product…maybe an author promoting a book.

You reply to the tweet, and include the hashtag


For physical products, the item will be placed in your Amazon cart! You won’t have bought it yet, but it will be sitting there for you.

What about Kindle books, which (like other digital items) can’t be placed in a cart, just bought with 1-click?

Well, this is not going to be widely known at this point, but they’ll send you the sample!

I think that’s a really smart way to do it…that way, if you want to buy it, you’ll have something with a link.

I’ve asked Amazon, and don’t have an answer yet, about which device gets the sample. I’m assuming it’s the first Kindle device alphabetically on your account (and Kindle Fires count as devices)…that’s what would happen if you asked for a sample when you were shopping using a browser, and didn’t change anything.

The browser order is: first Kindle devices (including Fires) alphabetically, then Kindle apps alphabetically.

When you shop from within the Kindle shopping mechanism from a device, it defaults to that device.

Since samples aren’t stored in your Cloud/archives, this is the one big flaw I see with this at this point.

I see people ask about that. I relate it to getting free samples at Costco. You don’t go through a cash register to get a free sample, so there is no tracking of who got it and who didn’t. I think that helps keep the costs low for Kindle book samples…less processing is involved (and yes, it costs Amazon something to store things for you centrally).

Still, I think this is going to become a big source of discovery for indies (independent publishers…often just the author). People can make the decision to buy right from your tweets…where they don’t see eleven other books on the same page. 🙂

To make this work, obviously, you need to connect Amazon to your Twitter account. I’ve already done that on a Kindle, so I didn’t have to do anything more.

You can manage

Your Social Settings (at AmazonSmile)

through the link above at the Amazon site as well…you can connect or disconnect your Amazon account from Facebook and/or Twitter.

You can also opt out of #AmazonCart

here (at AmazonSmile)

I think this one is really clever. For indie authors (and I’ll promote this directly to them at The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing, it’s a unique way to control discovery.

For Amazon, it’s going to mean that everybody is going to mean that a lot more people are going to include Amazon links in their tweets.

I didn’t realize until I just checked that Amazon Associates can list their Twitter feeds as “their” websites with Amazon! That means they can get referral fees if someone clicks on a link in a tweet…that’s going to happen with this as well, further helping those indies!

Amazon is always thinking…and life keeps getting better. 😉

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


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