Authors need to link to their books so that users can buy them. Some online stores have a site for each country that they operate in. It’s not practical to list the link for each country, but users often have to use their own country’s site. Users in the UK, for example, have to buy from amazon.co.uk, not amazon.com.
This WordPress plugin automatically edits links so that they point to the user’s local store. The links are tidied up, to make them simpler and avoid tracking. It will work on existing links and new ones. Simply add links to your site as usual, and they will be rewritten on the fly to send your visitors to their local site.
From version 2.0, if the user has a local Amazon store but the store does not sell Kindle books (Amazon Singapore for example), Kindle book links will redirect to amazon.com while paperback and hardback links will go to the local Amazon store.
In addition, some tidying up of links is performed to remove extraneous junk. If you have affiliate codes, the relevant code can be added to that store’s links.
Changes are only made in the user’s browser. WordPress posts and pages are not changed, so if the plugin is deactivated or removed, they will return to their previous state.
Currently supported stores:
- Apple Books
- Apple iTunes (audiobooks)
- Google Play
- Barnes & Noble
- OneBookShelf sites (DriveThruFiction, DriveThruCards, DriveThruComics, DriveThruRPG, Wargame Vault)
The plugin is available from the WordPress plugin directory, or you can search for “Local Links Robin Phillips” in the WordPress plugins screen.