I have an Amazon Associates account and I have a very large media list to put on a page. Amazon makes a page that’s good for one a time items, but sucks if you have to use it for over 5 items. If I can’t find something to resolve this, I’m going to make a Firefox extension that will. So, far I haven’t found anything that makes it easy to look at a book and generate the text link for Amazon Associates accounts.
I searched for a similar extension based on the keyword Amazon and all I could find were search engines or add-ons. So, I sketched out the basic features and the techniques to learn and I scouted 3-4 websites. Xul is cool. Basically, I want to add a button the reads the title(removing amazon.com:) and address and builds an Amazon Associates text link and puts it in the clipboard. Then you go to your webpage under construction and paste the text into it. This will be my first OS project. If it works I’ll release it.
I have created a firefox extension which operates as described. It was used to add many new books to the media list page. Extensions are written in script, which is open and readable by anyone who cares to. I used delicious, bugmenot, and adblock as examples. The current development item is adding an options page so that you can use this for Amazon or B&N, add your own ID, and create a picture link as well as a text link.
This extension is coming along nicely. I’ll use this site to provide updates. Right now I’m working on the Preferences interface. This will allow you to select Amazon or Barnes & Nobles, Text or Picture links, etc.