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The Kindle web applet features a number of useful tools within the widget to enhance the reading experience, including resizeable text, three color options, and a button which allows you to share your find via email, Twitter or Facebook. There is also a button that copies the embed code within the widget itself. In addition, if you join the Amazon Associates program, you can earn money from any sales of a title that are driven from your site. Be sure to click the "Full Screen View" button at the top of the widget for ease of reading. You'll find the widget link in the new bright green box on the right-hand side of Kindle book pages on Amazon, where it says "Read the first chapter FREE."
At present, only "select titles" are available, and after searching the Beta FAQ page and all through my Author Central pages, I can find no information as to how authors can get their books into the program. I haven't been contacted by Amazon, and my Kindle page for The Saga of Beowulf doesn't yet sport the "Read FREE" button, although it does now have the bright green box. So I have no idea when or if I'll be able to embed a sample chapter widget for my book. If anyone finds out how to do this, please let me know.
After scouring Amazon's Kindle store for the new "Read the first chapter FREE" button, I haven't been able to find a single instance of it, even on the top selling Kindle titles. However, I've embedded the sample code given on the Beta page so you can see what it will look like. You can customize the code for width and height to make it fit your page, and add your Amazon Associates ID for referral earnings. I tried entering the ASIN for my book in place of the one given, but it caused a content find error, although I'm not sure why. Possibly it's due to the illustrations at the beginning of my book, because as you can see I was able to exchange the ASIN for The Children of Odin by Padraic Colum successfully, so you might be able to use your own. The widget is still in Beta, so there are bound to be a few kinks here and there.
SECOND ADDENDUM: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14
After posting a new version of the Kindle for the Web embed code in today's post (10/14/10), the widget from this post was automatically diverted to the new one, along with the code I embed there, even though the code for this one is still found in the HTML for this post. Why this has happened is a mystery, and I can see no way to solve it currently other than to never post two versions of the embed code on the same blog page - not exactly an ideal solution.