Authors W/ More Than 3 Books

We’ve had a few authors ask us to allow more than (3) valid ISBN’s in their extended bio or if they should rotate their books.

Blog question of the day: How many books should we all an author to include in their extended author bio page? 3, 5, 7, 10 or perhaps unlimited and just show the top 3 at the top and put the rest at the bottom of the page below the fold?


Jeanette Fisher writes:

I think more than three books across the top would look too crowded. How about an added text link after the article source to your Amazon link?

For instance, my articles on real estate investing would link to the beginner’s real estate book and home selling articles link to the home staging books.

If you have all the ISBNs on your system, the author would just select the right book.

Thank you for asking for our opinions. Do what makes the most money for you. We want your team happy.

Comment provided June 14, 2006 at 10:53 AM


Ed Howes writes:

Zero ISBN#s. I don’t have any books to promote so it is only fair that no one is allowed to do so except in their articles. Otherwise, I like the top, bottom split with a referral note.

Comment provided June 14, 2006 at 12:59 PM



Even though I would like to put more than 3 books on the site, perhaps only 3 can be viewed at a time. I like the idea of 5 and maybe having a place to just list the remainder under the bio such as: other publications (hope this does not open a huge can of worms).

Comment provided June 14, 2006 at 3:46 PM


Lance Winslow writes:

These are all good points indeed. Maybe three at the top and three at the bottom of the page? That is six. You know once someone goes to Amazon is says; “See all the Books by this Author” they can view them all there too. I like the idea of being able to promote them in the article, without getting too tricky, because that means perhaps less article captures from some websites and ezines. Also a point or rather a thought how about one book and a click; see all the books by this author. Takes you to a new page on this site. Then each book listed there.

Real Books with links to with ISBNs and also e-Books on writer’s websites or or where ever else they maybe with a place for a brief synopsis. EzineArticles adds pages this way and all the synopsis paragraphs will be “Key Word Rich” for ads from EzineArticle click ads relationships. Additionally if each other had three to five books per page, the reader could read about them all and keep going. Just hope you do not get another Issac Asimov here; he wrote 200 Books. WOW. Now that guy could right.

Comment provided June 14, 2006 at 5:13 PM


Ed Howes writes:

Worms good. Let them out of can.

Comment provided June 14, 2006 at 5:24 PM



I’m envisioning a thing where we allow 3 ISBN’s in the interface, but if you use all 3 of them up, our ajax guys will display a 4th ISBN field, and if you use all 4 up, our ajax programming will display a 5th field for another ISBN number… and this will keep going until we hit a top threshold of 12 or so…

Then, in the author’s bio, only 1-3 of them will show at the top and the remaining difference will be at the bottom of their bio list, below the fold.

This will be separate from each article as we’ll probably give authors an ability to easily insert an already configured ISBN in their account into each article. That will be cool, especially if it helps our authors sell more books.

Comment provided June 14, 2006 at 6:06 PM



I like Christophers idea of simply adding another field if the remaining are full to the maximum allowed. I also think that the subtle links in the articles regarding the latest releases or ebooks works well. It is what works best for gaining visbility for the authors and the site. Too much clutter may be a turn-off.

Comment provided June 15, 2006 at 11:51 AM


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