I'm new here, so I didn't even know there was a link! And I'm not even sure where the link is. I do buy online sometimes at Amazon.com because the prices are so great. But generally I buy from Barnes and Noble because I guess I see something, get excited about it, and I like the instant gratification.
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Poll Results: How Do You Obtain Your Cookbooks
10% (11)I have bought a cookbook in the past 12 months
10% (11)I have bought a cookbook in the past 6 months
19% (20)I have bought a cookbook in the past 3 months
19% (20)I buy cookbooks on-line
6% (7)I use Cheftalk's direct links to Amazon for cookbook purchases
8% (9)I prefer buying cookbooks from brick-and-mortar sites
9% (10)I get my cookbooks from the library
14% (15)I get cookbooks from other sources
0% (1)I don't read cookbooks
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I try to support some physical bookstores as there is something to be said for browsing physically. You see things serendipitously that you don't in the internet system.
It's kind of like the library. I look up a book on the interenet library catalog, but when I get to the library, i see so many other interesting thins surrounding that book. The unintended discovery is more effective physically than electronically.
But often, there is no physical copy convenient to me to investigate or buy so the Internet becomes my tool of choice.
EasyPanninis, to link to Amazon just click on the Reviews button. You'll be given a choice, one of which is cookbooks. Click on that.
If you just want to link to Amazon, just open any of the books. There will be a link in the upper right-hand corner (it will say something like "buy at Amazon). Click on that. Once ou're at Amazon you can navigate at will. The system will remember that you linked from Cheftalk.
If you're interested in a specific title, open the cookbook reviews. You will see a list of categories. According to the procedure, you would browse the "correct" categoy, find your book there, and open the page. There you will find all sorts of data, from publisher's info to any reviews written by Cheftalkers.
There's a major problem with that procedure: Whoever determines the category a book goes into has a strange mind. So there's often little logic to it. In addition, books are not alphabetized, and if there are a lot of them in that category you can spend all day searching.
There's a way to shortcut that cumbersome system. When you open the reviews page there will be an "add an item" button. Click on that and enter the name of the book you're interested in. You will be provided a list of possibilities. Find your book on that list, click on it, and you will link directly to the book's page, thus bypassing all that cumbersome searching.