Make the 'Buy from Amazon' more sublte
We are getting some negative feedback about the Amazon button on Talis Aspire - some academic colleagues feel that it is not appropriate for a University system to 'advertise' for a commercial organisation. Similar to the following idea, which was declined: http://ideas.talis.com/forums/32805-talis-aspire-reading-lists/suggestions/6704698-remove-amazon-button
Rather than get rid of the link to Amazon altogether, which I think is a benefit to users. I wonder could the wording be made more subtle. For example: 'More information from Amazon'. If the wording was changed in this way, and the pricing information was removed, I think it would be less overtly commercial and would sit more comfortably with those who have strong feelings about our public service ethos.
The new list view has made the Amazon option far more subtle when viewing a list and we hope that will resolve the issue, we will monitor feedback and when moving to new list view if you still receive concerns please do raise the idea again.
It is also worth noting that there is the option to remove a bookstore now without losing the book jackets. Previously the bookstore fueled the book jackets but in new list view this is no longer the case. If you want to explore this further please do raise a support ticket: https://support.talis.com/hc/en-us
Is Talis an affiliate/associate of Amazon? In other words are you receiving a percentage of the purchase cost for each item sold through these links? I have ethical concerns over universities sending students through to Amazon like this and these are even greater if either the institution or the company are receiving part of the resulting income from such prominent links
Yes, we are getting an increasing number of negative comments about Amazon, one most recently about the prominence, it's as big as the library links.
I agree - linking to Amazon is fine (although I suspect many would prefer another bookshop), but that the option is so prominent - perhaps even more obvious than accessing it in library - then we should at least have the otion to change the wording or remove it altogether.
It would be even better if the wording could be customized by each institution.