Using the Kindle store’s Advanced Search
Like a lot of people, I’m surprised sometimes at how unsophisticated the search in the Kindle store is.
You can put an author’s name into the searchbox at the top of a page and count on finding just books by that author.
You can’t search for books that came out this week easily, or the ones that have the most customer reviews, or ones published in a particular country, or that were originally published in a certain century, and so on.
If you get beyond the page top searchbox (say that three times quickly), it’s a bit better, but still not great.
The place to go is to
You have some parameters you can enter there:
Keywords: this is the broadest category. Try anything here…authors, “Swahili edition”, Legos…whatever. If you put a minus sign in front of a term, that should keep that word from being used. If you want to see books about the Kindle, but not about the Kindle Fire, you could do Kindle -Fire. Of course, that’s an example of where it won’t work all that well…a book might be called, “Chess sets of the 19th Century, optimized for the Kindle” and it would appear.
Publisher: the tricky thing here is that the tradpubs (traditional publishers) have many imprints. Grand Central is an imprint of Hachette…if you search for Hachette, you won’t find those Grand Central titles.
Subject: there are a lot of choices here. These are picked by the publisher, and you may not agree with them…I’ve seen the same book classified as fiction and non-fiction, for example.
- Kindle Singles
- Advice & How-to
- Arts & Entertainment
- Biographies & Memoirs
- Business & investing
- Children and Teens
- Comics & Graphic Novels
- Computers & Internet
- Cooking, Food & Wine
- Gay & Lesbian
- Literary Fiction
- Mystery & Thrillers
- Parenting & Families
- Politics & Current Events
- Religion & Spirituality
- All Ages
- Baby – 3 Years
- 4 – 8 Years
- 9 – 12 Years
Publication Date (this is the date the publisher tells Amazon…not necessarily the date of first publication). First, you choose: All Dates; Before; During; After. Then you pick a month, then you enter a year
Sort Results by:
- Price: Low to High
- Price: High to Low
- Avg. Customer Review
- Publication Date
There you go! If you enter into more than one field, your conditions will combine. In other words, you could search for Stephen King and Spanish.
That’s better than the general searchbox, although I hope Amazon is still working on search.
One other thing: in your search results, look to your left to see more filtering you can do. You may be able to pick a particular author or series, and you typically can further filter for Prime eligible, Whispersync for Voice, and I’ve seen Kindle Unlimited as a choice. Sometimes I even see tags put on by customers, but it appears to be inconsistent.
Hope that helps…
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