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Looking for the worst of the worst.

I was surprised to discover that there is no way to sort an Amazon search or browse within a category by user review--more specifically from lowest to highest. Is there a workaround for this? Or perhaps an app or script I could use? Or even a third party site that sorts it for you? I'm mostly interested in being able to browse a category and see the lowest ranked items, but I'd settle for ranked search results also.
posted by sourwookie on Apr 13, 2014 - 8 answers

 

GO AWAY, archived items.

I'm having a frustrating problem with my Kindle Keyboard/Manage Your Kindle Amazon account. Long ago, I subscribed to the New York Times Daily Audio Digest. I have now unsubscribed, but I can't remove the approximately 200 past "Archived Items" associated with that subscription from the list of same in my device or from my MYK account. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Apr 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Online DVD sellers that aren't Amazon?

Can anyone recommend a US-based online DVD store other than Amazon that ships internationally? [more inside]
posted by fearthehat on Mar 26, 2014 - 7 answers

where should I look to find a programmer to help me with amazon s3?

I tried setting up my own vpn for my personal use via amazon s3. there are youtube tutorials on the web but I realized I'm out of my depth and I would like to hire someone to help me. only where should I go? is stackoverflow a good place to post such a request? or where do you go to find capable freelancers who can do a job like this?
posted by krautland on Mar 3, 2014 - 4 answers

looking for a more powerful Amazon search tool

Is there a way to search Amazon by price and actually get results within that range? I recently found a pretty sweet deal on a nice nail polish when I needed a filler item and was looking through the offers on Amazon Filler Finder, but I'd like to search for more items within a tight range like that. Unfortunately, when you tell Amazon to return, say, items under $5 it still returns results up to $8, and when you're looking for really cheap stuff-- like under $2-- it's even worse, returning pretty much the same results you got for the $5 search. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Feb 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Does buying the Kindle Edition count towards bestseller lists?

An old friend put out her first book, and I want to pre-order it, but I also want to help it "pop." If I buy the Kindle Edition instead of the hardcover, will it still maximally count for the popularity trackers like NYTimes bestsellers and Amazon Best Of, or whatever? Or is that too "new media"?
posted by tintexas on Feb 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Battlestation: Multiple desktops and monitors but 1 keyboard and 1 mouse

Hi, I have 1 keyboard, 1 mouse, and two desktop computers to use with a 3-monitor setup. I would like to know the best way to use a triple monitor setup where I can click a button and switch back and forth between desktop A and desktop B for the single keyboard/mouse and the monitors. Consolidating files onto one machine is not an option. Are there devices or hubs I could plug the keyboard/mouse/monitors and desktops into that can do this? Amazon links would be great.
posted by furious on Feb 5, 2014 - 14 answers

What do you order with Amazon Prime?

What do you order with Amazon Prime? [more inside]
posted by milarepa on Jan 12, 2014 - 74 answers

When should an author respond to reviews?

I'm an author. I've seen enough other authors flame out when responding to criticism that I know never to respond to negative reviews. But I'm sometimes tempted to respond to positive reviews of my book on Amazon, Goodreads, or other sites-- perhaps with a short "Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it;" perhaps with a longer reply if it seems appropriate. Should I ever do that? If so, when? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Jan 1, 2014 - 34 answers

Camera Accessories

NOT another "what camera to get" question; I already own a Canon EOS Rebel T3i. It's the other stuff I'm confused about! I received a $200 Amazon gift card, but I'm getting overwhelmed trying to decide what to get. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Dec 26, 2013 - 22 answers

Should I get the Dr. Who DVD or just watch on Amazon (online)?

I want a copy of "The Day of the Doctor" (50th Anniversary Special.) I have to choose between the DVD or the Amazon online "collection". [more inside]
posted by SMPA on Dec 25, 2013 - 1 answer

Purchase used iPhone on Amazon?

My iPhone was stolen and I need to purchase a new one. I am considering saving myself the hassle of a craigslist interaction by purchasing a used one through an Amazon retailer. Has anyone done this? Would you recommend it? Anything I should look for specifically besides carrier compatibility etc.?
posted by Packy_1962 on Dec 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Shipping fees refund: what is reasonable?

An Amazon.com seller failed to deliver on time, and is now quibbling about refunding shipping costs. Am I being unreasonable? [more inside]
posted by ohcanireally on Dec 5, 2013 - 17 answers

I swear it's not a Double Secret Quonsar!

We received a mystery package form Amazon, which I didn't order. I have the Order ID number. Is there a way to figure out who sent it? [more inside]
posted by Liesl on Nov 27, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I best preserve and distribute pre-digital manuscripts?

I have inherited several memoirs and other paper documents produced by family members before the digital age made document creation, storage, and dissemination so easy and extensive. What's the best way to make sure these documents survive and are accessible to those who might be interested in them? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Nov 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Textbook return after THREE months?

Today, I received a second refund request on my Amazon seller account under the A-to-Z Claims Guarantee. This is for a textbook I sold three months ago on Amazon. Should I accept the request? [more inside]
posted by horizonseeker on Nov 20, 2013 - 16 answers

Textbook return after 2 months?

Today, I received a refund request on my Amazon seller account for a textbook I sold two months ago on Amazon. Should I accept the request? [more inside]
posted by horizonseeker on Oct 25, 2013 - 22 answers

How do I edit the "About Me" on my Amazon Wishlist?

It's quite possible I'm just being unusually stupid here, but I've put in three attempts of a half hour or so each and cannot figure out how to edit the "About Me" text that shows up to the left of my Amazon wishlist. It's not that there's anything urgent'y awful there. It just lists my hometown as 6 years out of date and my job as eight years out of date. It's driving me nuts and I'd like to kill it with fire. Where in hell is the page where I edit this?
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Studying the masters, not their pupils (budget edition)

I am a frequent buyer of <$5 books on Amazon. Lately I am interested in math treatises but have been unable to find any that aren't way out of my price range. Am I being way too demanding? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Oct 20, 2013 - 9 answers

Where can I get clear instructions for this type of Kindle publishing?

My book is in an HTML file, not Word. I'm going to use kindlegen to convert it. Everything is working great, except I can't figure out how to include the cover, start page, and table of contents. Amazon's directions are spectacularly opaque. Where can I go to find out what to do?
posted by markcmyers on Sep 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Re-purposing things from Amazon.com's less-traveled corners

I just bought some stuff from Amazon.com and needed a little bit more to get free shipping. I ended up buying some glass rods from Amazon's "industrial and scientific" store that I will use for stirring cocktails. Can you recommend other cool doodads from Amazon's dark corners that might be useful around the house? Bonus points for less-expensive items to round out your shopping cart, not $1000 pieces of lab equipment. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Sep 10, 2013 - 16 answers

How can I edit metadata (e.g., author's name) for a .mobi file?

So I've been downloading books to my iPad's Kindle app from Amazon, and also downloading from Project Gutenberg to my desktop PC and mailing them to my Kindle address to get them on the iPad. And I've got a small but annoying problem. In the ebooks it sells from its site, Amazon lists the author as, for example, "Doyle, Arthur Conan," while the .mobi files from Project Gutenberg list the author as "Arthur Conan Doyle." Thus the Amazon files sort under D for Doyle while the Project Gutenberg files show up under A for Arthur. Is there a way to edit the .mobi files to change the author's names to match Amazon's format and get everybody's works to come together in the same place?
posted by Naberius on Aug 21, 2013 - 8 answers

How to send an Amazon gift card to China

I need to set up someone in China with an Amazon gift card ($20). I live in Canada. Looking at the Amazon site, it's not immediately apparent how to do this. Any ideas?
posted by KokuRyu on Jul 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Amazon to the antipodes

Well-meant $400 Amazon voucher expires soon. Shipping is prohibitive to Australia. What small but expensive item/s can I buy to make this worthwhile? (I don't need or want a kindle or more books, already own a Leatherman, electrical appliances are out because of voltage issues).
posted by superfish on Jul 5, 2013 - 23 answers

PRISM is watching you poop.

Amazon item showed up at work and at home. Please explain to me how this happened. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jun 24, 2013 - 22 answers

Vanity Site that is configured in the form of Amazon.com product page

A while back I remember coming across a really novel vanity site that somebody had come up with. It was a vanity site configured as an Amazon.com products page. It had an identical layout and a place for reviews where former employers and co-workers could write their "product" reviews of this person's work. At the time I came across this site, it was somewhat of a meme and people listed it as a creative way of standing out from the crowd with all of their usually boring sites. Does anybody remember this or have the link to it? Thanks
posted by RapcityinBlue on Jun 19, 2013 - 3 answers

How to Manage Two Kindles, One Account, and Multiple Wishlists

I own a Kindle associated with my Amazon account. For his birthday this year my son received a Kindle Fire, which we decided to also associate with my account so that he can share access to the books I already own. All was well until he realized he could add things to a wish list. I took his first round of wishes and added them to a new "Son's Wishlist," and when he's shopping for books my son can choose which wishlist he wants to add them to. But physical items can apparently only be added to the default wishlist (mine) and I haven't found a way on the Fire for him to move them. As a result I regularly find myself sorting dozens of collectible cards and other items from my list to his. Have any of you found a better way of dealing with this?
posted by Songdog on Jun 16, 2013 - 4 answers

organizing ebooks on Kindle Fire

How do you all organize your ebooks? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Jun 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Smart TV : Log on/off questions for a weekly rental unit.

I just installed some Smart TVs in a weekly rental unit. Will the renters be able to log on and off to their personal accounts, or have I opened Pandora's box ? [more inside]
posted by lobstah on Jun 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Publishing adult/erotic pulp fiction on Amazon KDP?

I'm looking for warnings or limitations for publishing adult/mature erotic fiction through Kindle Direct Publishing, and I'm worried about pitfalls and I haven't yet found any direct language about content or rated content or the like. [more inside]
posted by loquacious on May 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Publishing options for a collection of literary short fiction

I'm nearing completion of a book of very short stories that riff in various ways on the 'joke' form. The pieces are 1-2 pages. I want to publish this book. I'm not sure the best way. [more inside]
posted by skwt on May 27, 2013 - 4 answers

A USB key doesn't really lay right in an envelope, you know?

How do I gift a physical representation of an MP3 download? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on May 15, 2013 - 17 answers

Is upgrading from a Kindle Keyboard to a Paperwhite worth it?

I've had a Kindle Keyboard with lighted case that I've been pretty happy with for a couple of years. However, I'm thinking of upgrading to the Paperwhite for the improved display. Is it worth the price, and is there any trade-off in battery life? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on May 10, 2013 - 17 answers

Save me, Amazon Prime

What can I order from Amazon Prime RIGHT NOW to be delivered for Mother's Day? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on May 9, 2013 - 18 answers

Should i trust this amazon seller?

I ordered a box set from an amazon user at the end of april listed as "like new" which it wasn't. Asked for a refund, and he asked for more details and pictures which i gave, then i heard nothing for well over a week. So i decided to file an a to z claim on Monday, then today (Thursday) he says how he had been locked out of his bank account due to some banking issue. Now he's all gung ho to give me a refund after i send the stuff back and drop the a to z. I feel a little weary trusting him. He has good feed back, but it's only 6 feedbacks. Should i do as he suggests or continue letting amazon look into it?
posted by earthquakeglue on May 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Disbelief with Amazon Fees.

I have so many used books to sell that I decided to start posting them on Amazon, and much to my amazement, they are selling like hotcakes. In the meantime, I'm having a hard time parsing the unbelievable "fees" Amazon is charging me. Is this for real? Am I doing something wrong? What are my options? [more inside]
posted by phaedon on May 7, 2013 - 23 answers

How do I make my Amazon "Hope To Read" list private?

A google search of my name revealed an Amazon "Hope to Read" list that I didn't know existed. This is a public record of the books I've bought and, for kindle books, how much I've read of each. I've tried looking through Amazon's settings and googling this question--how do I make my books private? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Apr 26, 2013 - 12 answers

Alternatives to Amazon

I am trying to avoid shopping at amazon.com because of the company's predatory business model. What are the best online alternatives for each product category? [more inside]
posted by alms on Apr 22, 2013 - 33 answers

How do I price books using the benefits of technology?

1. Non-profit bookstore. 2. Books are donated. 3. Books are priced for $1 or $2. 4. Resellers come in and buy books. 5. ??? 6. ??? 7. No profit [more inside]
posted by Folk on Apr 22, 2013 - 40 answers

the "A" in "A to Z" stands for ANXIETY

I'm going to have a phone interview with an amazon corporate recruiter in a few hours. What can I expect?
posted by tylerfulltilt on Apr 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Comparing Amazon Prime grocery prices with supermarket prices?

I like buying things on Amazon prime, but only if they are roughly equal to or less than the cost of something that can be found in a supermarket. Is there some site that I can use to find a reasonable "supermarket price" (not the sale price) for things with brand names (like shaving cream or garbage bags) so that I can make sure I'm not paying well above the market price for something? I'd imagine prices vary by region, but I'm willing to take any suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night on Apr 10, 2013 - 14 answers

True Author Revenue Share on Amazon

I recently read a blog post / article written by a best-selling Amazon author who noted that after all of Amazon's small print, he was only getting about 20% revenue share on the sale of his work (comparable to the traditional publishing industry) rather than Amazon's frequently lauded 70%. Can anyone find the post / article in question?
posted by whimsicalnymph on Apr 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Kindle for the iPad - something's been bugging me for years...

Why hasn't Amazon implemented "collections" or "folders" in the kindle for the ipad application? [more inside]
posted by mscottveach on Mar 30, 2013 - 14 answers

Did my amazon account get hacked?

I recently went onto amazon and found multiple items in my cart that I had not placed there. Could my account have been hacked, or is it just some weird glitch? [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 on Mar 24, 2013 - 22 answers

Looking for free Kindle books

Which websites list Kindle-compatible books which are free for a limited time? [more inside]
posted by lea724 on Mar 20, 2013 - 18 answers

Where can I buy the Practical Nomad eBook?

I'm looking to purchase The Practical Nomad as an e-book for my Kindle. It seems like it was previously available, but all the Amazon links are dead and I can't find any other e-book store where it can be purchased. I have a physical copy of the book already, but would like an e-book to travel with.
posted by smitt on Mar 17, 2013 - 1 answer

Everything from A-Z including a job for ME! (hopefully)

Those of you who have been through the amazon corporate hiring process, what was it like? Did I commit a major boneheaded move in my application for a job? [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on Mar 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Warranty providers show earlier purchase dates for Amazon electronics?

I've had this problem twice now: I purchase an electronic item from Amazon and when I call in for service under warranty, I'm told that their records show a different, much earlier purchase date. [more inside]
posted by ziggly on Feb 27, 2013 - 11 answers

Broken Screen, Broken Heart

Cracked screen on a Kindle Fire HD. Can it be repaired? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Feb 17, 2013 - 8 answers

What can I/should I do with my new-to-me used Kindle DX?

I've had an e-reader, but never a Kindle and never one with 3G. I understand the reading PDFs and mobi file part, but what else should I know about: what the 3G is good for; apps; hacks; subscribable Kindle-optimized content; the Kindle ecosystem? Besides Instapaper, are there other convert-stuff-to-read-on-your-ereader things I should know about? [more inside]
posted by Zed on Feb 4, 2013 - 7 answers

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