Amazon Widgets: What's Missing?
I was glad to see that Amazon recently announced a collection of widgets that are ready for use on your blog or website. The list includes some very useful tools and much of the functionality you'd expect from an Amazon widget. I had one idea in mind and was all ready to install an Amazon widget to implement it on my blog. The problem is it doesn't exist, at least not yet.
I was hoping Amazon would offer a widget that would display a list of 5 or 6 of the books I've reviewed on their site. Covers would be displayed and as you hover over each one with your mouse a small pop-up window would appear and show the full text of my review. No go. This sort of widget wouldn't be that hard to create but I have no idea whether Amazon plans to offer one with this functionality. I used their "What do you think?" link at the bottom of their widget page to suggest the idea. I'll let you know what I hear back...
P.S. -- You could use the same widget to do some other cool things too. For example, let's say you find another regular Amazon reviewer who you've grown to trust. Why not feature their recommendations on your blog/website using the same widget?
I would add that with Typepad (at least) those Amazon widgets don't work with advanced templates yet. I too am waiting on a reply from their feedback page and will post here if/when I get a date for when they cater to advanced templates.
Cheers - John
Posted by: typesetter | October 01, 2007 at 08:21 PM
I'm using an Advanced Template on a TypePad blog too, and would love to find out when/if an Amazon Widget is available for it! Any news, John?
Posted by: djchuang | December 06, 2007 at 03:16 PM