WTF Amazon?

Amazon sent me an email this morning about changes to the Affiliate agreement.

“You will not, without our express prior written approval, use any Content or Special Link, or otherwise link to the Amazon Site, on or in connection with any site or application designed or intended for use with a mobile phone or other handheld device (which prohibition does not apply to any site that is not designed or intended for use with such devices but that may be accessible by such devices (e.g., on a non-mobile-optimized site via an internet browser on a tablet device)), or any television set-top box (e.g., digital video recorders, cable or satellite boxes, streaming video players, blu-ray players, or dvd players) or Internet-enabled television (e.g., GoogleTV, Sony Bravia, Panasonic Viera Cast, or Vizio Internet Apps).”

If I’m reading this correctly, this means that if we have a mobile version of the website, I can’t post buy links.  So for now I have deactivated the mobile version of this site.  I really hope I’m not reading this right as I wanted the site to be accessible to all who wanted to visit it at any time from anywhere.  So far I’ve tested this site design out on my Android and my IPod Touch and it looks great so there shouldn’t really be any problems.

What makes things more interesting is that now Amazon has made it to where you cannot buy any Kindle books from their mobile app or their mobile site.  I tried it from the full site and it worked for me but I’m hearing users are having trouble with that as well.

Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

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5 thoughts on “WTF Amazon?

  • February 3, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I’d run that fancy language past a lawyer, Misty.

    I am not sure what Amazon is up to lately, with all these changes, but I’m thinking it’s not good. It certainly isn’t making a whole lot of sense that I can see…

    • February 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Better safe than sorry I guess at this point. I”ll just leave it down and see what the other sites do. Considering most people can’t buy digital content from Amazon’s mobile site or the store app, it’s pretty useless anyway.

  • February 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Nope. I’ve read that 4 times now and I still don’t understand a word of it. As an indie author, should I be worried? What is a mobile site anyway?

    • February 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      A mobile site is one that might not be accessible in it’s normal form to some cell phones so they created a script that would detect if you have a cell phone that cannot display a site and give you a site where it could be displayed for you.

      • February 4, 2012 at 5:27 pm

        Oh that makes a bit more sense now, I think. Thanks for that!

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