As an indexer one way to inject a bit of colour into your website is to include cover images from some of the books you have indexed. There are several ways to do this. The way not to do it is to ask the publisher for permission to use the images. Publishers may well be reluctant to grant permission as it does involve copyright issues and licenses over the artwork.
Instead, set yourself up as an Amazon Associate – go to the bottom of your local Amazon store page and, under “Make Money with Us”, click on “Become an Affiliate” or “Become an Associate”. You can then use one of the widgets to create an advert on your site for the book, which will show the image and will give you commission if someone buys it after finding it through your site. (Unlikely as that seems, it has happened to me!)
There are a variety of widgets available, ranging from the straightforward:
to the decidely flashy:
Alternatively you can list your books using LibraryThing which also provides widgets of your lists:
Both these techniques are free and neither involve you copying the image, stealing bandwidth, nor the possibility of breaching anyone’s copyright.
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