Short URLs

December 26, 2009

Bonnieux Snow3

Merry xmas, from a snowstorm in Southern France where I was a few days ago!

I’ve made a teeny tweak to the bookmooch site today, enabling two kinds of short URLS. Namely:

  • – this now goes to your bio page. It’s meant to be short and sweet so that you can include it in your email footer or your blog.
  • – this now goes to the book’s detail page. Also short and sweet so that you can use these URLs when you’re posting a message somewhere about a book, and want to reference it (much cleaner than those huuuuge Amazon URLs)

Here are two examples:

You can find the short URL for your bio page on each person’s bio page, here:


So, if you’re emailing someone about a book and want to give a link to it, from now on you might try the short bookmooch book url.

I also added the short URL to the details page of each book. If you look at the bottom of a book details page:

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you’ll see the short URL you can copy whenever you’re referring to a book in an email or blog posting:



18 Responses to “Short URLs”

  1. jaymee said

    wow, thank you, John!

  2. Nancy Hendrix said

    Can’t believe you did this for us while your were on vacation in France especially over the busy holidays. I want to be in France to see the beautiful snow-covered houses. I thought I wanted to be in Hawaii with Barack, but I’ve changed my mind after seeing your photo. Thanks.

  3. darabuc said

    Thanks, it’s nice and useful!

  4. Thank you, John! Short and sweet!

  5. Cheryl said

    Wonderful and simple!

  6. BrianL said

    Excellent, thanks for implementing this.

  7. tabatha said

    i was thinking that a really good feature would be a way to link to a picture when we have to hand enter a book. like i could scan the cover and upload it to Photobucket or something and then if there was a place to link to it so it showed the cover in the book listing that would be helpful so people know exactly what they are getting.

  8. Joel G said

    Thanks for the short handy blog on the short handy URLs, John. Happy holidays!

  9. Heather said

    This is great! Thanks so much for making our lives easier. 🙂

  10. AkaShy said

    happy holidays, john!

  11. Thanks so much, John.
    A Question: May I use this also for my own books? (Of those I have the copyright because I have written/edited them in my own edition).
    Thanks for an answer.
    Jo Holzhauser

  12. andrea said

    I thought there was a way to link a picture to the book’s condition notes… Maybe with html?

    Happy Holidays everyone

  13. vaibhav said

    wow ! great ! thanks a lot !

  14. Mia said

    Thanks, John, this is fantastic! One question – is it the ISBN-10 or the ISBN-13?

  15. Yael said

    Great and handy. Thanks Sir John!

  16. Holly said

    Wonderful! France! You lucky dog! Sign…maybe some day.
    I also like the comment from tabatha that spoke of scanning in the cover of a book so the person mooching can see what they are getting. Sometimes it takes me a while to find the correct listing for a book I’m trying to add to inventory. Hand entry is fine, but then I don’t get to enter enough information (I feel) for the person who might want to mooch it. Let us know what you think, Jon.

  17. Kathleen said

    Bonjour Jean,
    Next time you’re in France would you pick up a copy of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” by Julia Child, nobody on BM has it. S’il vous plait, Monsieur. 🙂

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