Unfortunately, LinkedIn has discontinued this Amazon.com reading list feature.
LinkedIn gives you an opportunity to show off your books without ever saying a word. Yes, it’s true. And for those of you who whine “but these people don’t know I write and I don’t want to tell them” – you don’t have to. That’s the beauty of it all.
LinkedIn has an option called “Reading List by Amazon.” Sure, you can add whatever you’re reading to that list – but why do that? Add your own books, and they’ll show up every time someone looks at your profile. Genius, eh?
That will take you to a new screen, with books that other people in your networks are reading. There is also a big blank box where you can type in the name of your book. So go ahead and do that, then click “Search Books.” (See next image.)
Once your book comes up, click on “select” and it will be automatically added to your reading list. Keep in mind that the book you search for/select first will be at the bottom of your reading list, so choose strategically. Once you click “select,” another screen will come up giving you the options to click “read, reading” etc., and it will also give you the opportunity to leave a comment, if you want. When you’re done with that entry, hit “save” and then go ahead and add your next book.
Once you’ve added all your books, go ahead and check out your profile to see how spiffy that looks with all your books at the bottom. People will have to be logged in to see your reading list, but once they are, the most recent two additions will show up at the bottom of your profile, like so (see screen at left). People can “watch” or get updates on your list, or they can click on the link to the right to see ALL the books in your reading list. The best part about this is – right underneath the title of the book – people can click through to see the book on Amazon – and hopefully BUY it.
The other fantastic thing about this is that if you’re not yet a full-time writer, you can still keep your professional life and your authordom separate, while nonchalantly exposing your LinkedIn connections to your books. Pretty cool, eh? Now go ahead and get your Reading List populated because tomorrow we’re going to have a LinkedIn like-fest.