I just heard from a great resource for self-publishing, Kristen Eckstein, there are some 'big' players who are giving the advise to place your affiliate links to items on Amazon that fit your books topic..(sounds like a great idea to me).
Well, Kristen, remembered hearing something about this not being allowed so, smart cookie that she is, she asked Amazon!
Here is Amazon's response and Kristen's remarks:
Here is Amazon’s reply:
You are correct, Associate Links, Widget, and the aStore URL, can only be embedded in approved Internet websites, and are Not permitted to be used in e-mails, e-books/Kindle Books, newsletters, or in any other off-line manner.
We would be happy to investigate the matter further, please use the link below to provide us the URL of the website, or the Kindle book in question, and we will take action on the offending member.
We look forward in hearing back from you, and thank you for reporting this to the Associates Program.
Amazon.com Associates Program
There you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth. Stay safe, keep Associate/Amazon affiliate links out of your Kindle books, and be aware that readers may report you and you may lose your publishing privileges for breaching this term of service.
So what about other affiliate links in Kindle books? Yes, the terms of service are for Amazon Associates affiliate program, not Amazon Kindle, so you can use other affiliate links in eBooks.
THANKS, Kristen for the heads up!!