Include a URL link for Barnesandnoble.com in your outgoing e-mails and a 5 per cent commission could be yours under a new affiliation program launched by the online US bookstore this week.
Internet users who embed links to Barnesandnoble.com's Web site in messages to friends, family and associates could earn a 5 per cent commission on any recommended book, CD or software title bought as a result. Participants also have the option of directing their commissions to one of five charitable groups.
The company already runs an affiliation program involving Barnesandnoble.com links on participating Web sites, offering commissions of up to 7 per cent.
Similar programs exist for other e-commerce sites, notably CDNow and Amazon.com, but the potential for spam is a possible downside of this incarnation. Barnes and Noble has, though, adopted a "zero tolerance" policy for spam.
Further information on the program can be found at MybnLink.com