I've seen various questions referencing programming books by linking to the book on the US Amazon website. Being based in the UK this isn't much use to me; It's also not great if Amazon ever stop stocking a particular book.
It got me thinking: Is there a better, preferred way of referencing a book? e.g. Perhaps linking to the British Library website or equivalent, where a link is unlikely to ever go out of date ... or perhaps the poster should just be encouraged to always include the ISBN number?
Note: This isn't just about being country-agnostic but also about whether Stack Overflow should be "favouring" a particular book retailer.
... and before anyone mentions it: I know the "British Library" website may not be technically country-agnostic.
What I'm getting at is that it's:
- Very stable/complete
- Not a book retailer