Yesterday, I blogged about the mysterious invisibility of one of my Kindle Direct Publishing ebooks on Amazon – Legend of King Arthur – which wasn’t in the right place on their website. That blog is here.
Today I contacted Amazon and received a prompt explanation for why I couldn’t find my book where I expected. They told me my book was listed under the following categories:
Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Arthurian Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Historical Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Adventure Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Historical Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Adventure
You can see that it was listed under “Arthurian” as a book – but not in the Kindle Store, where it mattered. It was also not listed under humorous fantasy, either, which is a category only for books. Since nobody looks for Kindle ebooks in the physical book section, it meant my ebook didn’t show up in relevant search results. For some reason my ebook wasn’t listed in the Arthurian section of the Kindle Store. Amazon asked me to send them the categories I wanted my book in so they could change it, which I did this morning. They were very helpful. My book should soon appear in the categories:
Kindle store > kindle ebooks > science fiction & fantasy > fantasy > humor > arthurian
Kindle store > kindle ebook > science fiction & fantasy > fantasy > humor > myths & legends
which are smaller sub-categories where it possible for customers to find it. Hurray!
Choosing Amazon Categories and Keywords
If you have some books published on Amazon via KDP, I’d say it’s worth checking to see your keywords and categories are correctly listed on your book’s Amazon page, because the categories on your KDP bookshelf don’t exactly match the browse categories. (It has something to do with BISAC – the way books are categorised.) Be wary. Your keywords could be doing nothing to help readers find your ebook – so check after publication that you can find it on Amazon in the Kindle Store like a customer would.
For Amazon’s advice on how to select categories, click here.
For more info on selecting browse categories, the KDP help page is here.
Well, I’m glad I emailed Amazon and learnt what had gone wrong. It wasn’t obvious!
(I just checked on Amazon. My book’s now added to Kindle store > kindle ebooks > science fiction & fantasy > fantasy > arthurian, where it belongs.)
Now that my book is visible again, I’ll have to trick some people into buying it. I’ve been reading about hypnotic suggestion and mind control – so look into my eyes.
You are feeling sleepy. Very sleepy.
You want to buy a humorous novel about King Arthur …
Last Friday, I was shocked to learn my local council intends to close two of the three libraries in my region. That will mean I’ll have to travel thirty minutes to the remaining one, which is something I won’t do, even though I love reading. It’s just not practical for me to travel so far. Instead, I’ll be forced to buy every book that I want to read, which will severely limit what I choose because I don’t have an infinite budget. I won’t discover any new authors by casually browsing until I find something new and exciting. I won’t learn obscure facts from giant reference books. I won’t try something different because it was free to borrow. Instead, my reading will be limited to only those books I can afford to buy.
Unfortunately, libraries are closing all over the country – in vast numbers. The government are slashing the number to save cash – allegedly.
When I was little, my dad used to take me to the local library so I could borrow loads of books on every subject under the sun. I love books today because I was exposed to so many when I was younger. If those books had not been free to read, I would not have read them and learnt to expand my imagination.
It’s incomprehensible to me any civilised society would close libraries when the benefits of keeping them open are so obvious. Libraries are a vital resource. Reading books develops critical thinking. It educates children. It provides pleasure and stimulates the mind.
Without libraries, future generations will be less educated than the current one, creating more problems than it solves, so it makes no sense to close them, no matter how bad the state of the economy. Employers always complain about the poor level of education of graduates unable to spell basic words and form grammatical sentences. Investing more in libraries will help solve that problem. The government needs to invest more in libraries – much, much more – if they want to reduce crime and poverty and improve society. Cutting back the number of libraries to save money costs more money in the long term. It’s insane. No libraries should be closed to “save” money.