Kindle store listing of series
One complaint people have had for years with the Kindle store is the inability to easily find books in a series (and to determine their order).
That’s actually much trickier than you might think. There are series where there is a great deal of debate about the order in which you should read them.
If there were three books in chronological order, and then a prequel, should you read the prequel first?
Amazon has made some attempts to make series easier to find. Sometimes, when I search, I’ll see a link for a series…and that usually has them in order.
The order will often be determined by the publisher…as will which books belong in the series.
I don’t think The Woggle-Bug Book belongs in the series of Oz books (begun with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)…or at least, not in the “famous fourteen”. It’s really a tie-in to a play, takes place in “our world”, and is tonally very different from the others. Some publishers include it: some don’t.
Still, I was excited to see that Amazon now has a page for series in the USA Kindle store:
It’s an alphabetical listing…and there is a searchbox. You can also generally use CTRL+F in most browsers to search the page, if you want.
Unfortunately, as I looked at it a bit closer, there are some puzzlements.
First, there are some series shown with one book in them: what makes that a series?
Second, I couldn’t find the Oz series…or the original Sherlock Holmes books.
Third, series that start with the word “The” are alphabetized in the “T”s. Lord of the Rings, for example, is in the “T”s, not in the “L”s.
Fourth, this is pretty clearly not being done entirely by human beings. Computers can be very good at some task, but there is some “lumping” here which a human wouldn’t have done. I checked one trilogy…and there were nine books listed. There was another trilogy with a similar name, and they’d been combined.
If this was “informed” by Goodreads (owned by Amazon), I think it would have been a lot better…the same thing goes for Shelfari (also part of Amazon).
Oh, and I can’t blame them for only listing the number of books in the Kindle store…some series have a lot higher numbers than are shown, but only if you include ones not available in e-book form from Amazon.
Anyway, I think it’s a start, and you may find it useful.
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