I think this is different. I just signed up for Associates on my blog and it is like getting a referral fee. Basically, if I review a book on my blog, I can use the Amazon Associates blogger feature to put the buying information for the title in the blog. Then, if anyone uses that link to buy the book I will get 15% of the cost of the book.
It is so new that I don't know much else about the program, but it sure is convenient since I no longer have to go hunt down a picture of the book as well as link to a buying page. Now I just type in the title of the book and insert the Amazon box. Quick and efficient.
I wasn't sure so I looked it up. There is a percentage structure based on how many orders your link ships and some other odd conditions. The number is quoted between 4% to 15%, but the chart doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.
For me I'm not really focused on the money making potential as I am in the ability to help my readers find books easily. If I make any money off the deal it will be a pleasant surprise.
Oh that is a good point. I will have to mull this over and figure out if I can put a disclaimer on my blog if I choose to do this. I like to mix it up though, sometimes I use Amazon, sometimes Barns & Nobel.