Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Part II: Ways to Find New Gothic Romances

This is part two of a requested series. :) My next blog post will be a book review. I promise. I have a couple I have needed to get to for a while.

I think I covered using the subcategories on Amazon last time. This time around, let's talk about a few other tricks.

First, this one seems obvious, but it might not be. Just under the book information, if the book has sold any copies, Amazon adds a section of book covers/pages you can scroll through and click on. I've chosen Holt's Mistress of Mellyn in Book format as my example here. You can see the

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought 

section just under the book. If you scroll through those 11 pages, you are sure to find a new book or two to check out. I did! :)

You'll also notice on this page the section above the tags, a little more than halfway down the page: Customers also bought items by...
This section can be fun to click around in by author name or cover (for some authors listed). You never know: you might find a new author.

Now, on to using tags to find new books:

There might be an easier way to do this, I'm not sure. Here's how I do it:
1. Type in the name of a favorite author of gothic romance. I've chosen Victoria Holt for an example to stick with what I have above. Keep in mind that some of the older authors are tagged well under Books, so let's use Books for this search. I type her name into the search bar on amazon and pull down the Books tab to the left.
2. Once the list comes up, I pick one of her books I like and click on it. In this case, I've chosen Mistress of Mellyn
3.  Once the page comes up for that book, I scroll down to the bottom quarter of the page to the tags section. In this case, there are a few tags like gothic romance, jean plaidy, and cornwall. When I click on the gothic romance tag link, it pulls up several books in that genre (or that the author or readers claim are in that genre). You can add tags as well. Is there a book by one author that reminds you of the work of another author? Tag it with that author's name or agree with an existing tag. :) That will help readers find new authors and weed out tags that are unrelated to the product.

Interestingly, if you check out the tags for the Kindle version of this book, they are all related to the $9.99 price. Apparently, many readers of e-books think that's too much to pay for the digital version of this classic. Your thoughts?


gpangel said...

Thanks for the information, first of all. I'm not sure how I feel about the price. First of all, classics can be valued more and therefore cost more, but only if we are talking about the actual book and if it's a hardcover in mint condition. As an e-book, considering these books typically are not all that long, 10 bucks is a little high. I don't think I would pay more than 5 dollars frankly. I would like to have a collection of these on my kindle. But, if you can find them in a store somewhere they usually aren't more than 1.25. I would be willing to pay more for an e-book if the book was HTF or rare. But, you can find alot of these on ebay.

Barrymore Tebbs said...

Gpangel, I couldn't agree with you more. I have had a Kindle for a little over a month, and it seems every name brand author (or really just about any author who sells in mass market paperback for 7.99) have Kindle editions going for 10 bucks or more. For now, I am still reading favorite authors in paper and using the Kindle to discover Indie authors (like Lisa).

I think the reasons for these high prices are two fold. One, traditional print publishers are in fear of their business disappearing, and put the higher prices on the digital versions in an attempt to force people to choose the print version. The second reason is that, like any new medium, the prices always come out of the gate high. Remember how expensive CDs were when they came along in the early 80s (in those ridiculous long boxes?) And VHS? New movie releases went for 59.95 back in the day.

Still, it is frustrating at this point when you want the convenience of the eReader and the novel you want to read NOW and to be able to carry it everywhere. As it is now, I read one book in print when I am at home, and another on the Kindle whenever I am on the go. Takes me twice as long to get through anything that way!

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