The only thing to add to the FoRK book page is some text at the top
saying the whenever any FoRKer buys any book from Amazon, and has a URL
you should delete the last string of numbers and replace it with
"forkrecommendedrA" as in
so that FoRK gets credit for that purchase as well.
And, we need to test whether FoRK gets credit for other books selected
on the same order (I would think yes).
P.S. Your link for Accidental Empires is missing the FoRK-URL.
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> From: I Find Karma [SMTP:email@example.com]
> Sent: Monday, August 25, 1997 2:55 AM
> To: FoRK@pest.w3.org
> Subject: Amazon associates are we.
> Okay, feel free to start recommending books...
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> Subject: Amazon.com Books: Thank you for your application
> Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 01:13:10 -0700 (PDT)
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> Recommended Readings for the members of the FoRK mailing list.
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