I see people linking to Amazon via a radz.stackoverflow.com link.

What is this all about? I use direct links to Amazon. Does this link generate affiliate purchases for the stackexchange network if someone buys the book through the link? Or is it just a URL shortening service?

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It's for our affiliate links, when you post a link to amazon it will be converted to an SO Affiliate link. Reference

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For written sf (excluding comics), a better link for books and stories is the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB). There are pages for authors, works and publications. Of course, when there's a Wikipedia page, that's a good alternative.

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    I assume the point of making it an SO Affiliate link means should you decide to buy it after having been redirected to Amazon, SO gets some kick back. – geoffc May 19 '11 at 0:15

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