Kindle Indie Books, Look Inside for Kindle books
As a publisher who uses Kindle Direct Publishing, I get a newsletter from them, sometimes with interesting new information.
I do want to say initially that it sounds funny to say I am a publisher, since I have only (so far) published my own works. However, it is the act of making it available to the public that makes you a publisher. So, even though I think of myself as an author rather than a publisher, I do qualify as that.
The e-mail I got today had two things I think you’ll find interesting…and I suspect there may be a press release on them later.
Kindle Indie Books
This is something people have asked about many times…a way to identify books that have come through the KDP. That can be both because they prefer those and because they want to avoid those.
Amazon has launched:
It has a bestseller list, featured titles, new releases, categories, highly-rated…sort of like a subset of the Kindle store.
This does not preclude the indies from appearing side-by-side with the traditionally-published books…the books appear in both.
I suspect that some people may start using this regularly. The books do tend to be a lot cheaper…although if the Agency Model ends, that might, possibly, could be, who knows, change.
This could also really promote indies, which I think is a good thing.
Search Inside is an Amazon feature that we’ve had for some time for some paperbooks. Amazon said:
“ Search Inside the Book is a program that lets you search and browse millions of books across Amazon.com. With Search Inside, Amazon search results include matches based on every word inside a book, not just results that match the title or author of the book.”
I was testing it out on my titles. The way they say that, I would have expected the search to work from the searchbox at the top of the page in the Kindle store, but it didn’t.
Once I got to a product page, though, I could Look Inside the book. It seemed to pretty much just give me the sample online: it didn’t let me search it. My Active Table of Contents worked, but wouldn’t go beyond the sample length.
For the publishers who read this, here are the
It happens automatically, by the way, and you have to request to opt out of it.
Still, it’s interesting, and maybe more functionality is coming later.
Feel free to let me know what you think about these…I’m interested in your opinion of the Kindle Indie Store especially.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.