Amazon recently added some extra functionality to their Associate bookstore program, so yesterday I began upgrading the DMI Bookstore. I put together a display page showing LDS New Testament books, given that the Sunday School curriculum in 2007 covers the New Testament. The three on the top line are all new books: a new biography of Paul; an illustrated volume by three LDS scholars entitled Jesus Christ and the World of the New Testament, which Deseret has been promoting heavily so you have probably seen the cover; and the new paperback edition of Sisters at the Well, stressing the role of women in the life and teachings of Jesus. The new store also provides customized pages for specific titles linked from the bookstore (click on one of the links above to check it out). Very nice.
I also changed the home page to display all of the books either reviewed or discussed in a post here at DMI over the last few months, and I'll keep it updated. Oh, and I added an Amazon ad box on the left sidebar (and pushed the Google box in the right sidebar down about three clicks so it's not quote so obtrusive). I'm mostly just curious what products the Amazon algorithm will display. The LDS wedding dress links I've seen posted were a real surprise, for example.
I can add as many "category pages" as I want -- the LDS New Testament books page was a dry run. Any requests? The sky's the limit, given that Amazon is rapidly becoming the bibliographic equivalent of the Server Under the Mountain. Think of the category page as a sort of visual blogroll for books. The only limitations are: (1) older books don't generally have a thumbnail image to display; and (2) the smaller publishers, including many LDS publishers, don't upload their cover images to Amazon. So, for example, I think one of the best LDS New Testament books is Sydney B. Sperry's Paul's Life and Letters, but there's no image (and it's out of print) so I didn't put it on my LDS NT books page. If there's a book you think should be on the list that I missed, let me know the title and ISBN.