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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

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

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

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 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

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 Mo Yan's book online (in chinese, not translated)?

Where can I buy Mo Yan's books "Red Sorghum" and "The Garlic Ballads" in traditional Chinese? (not the English translation)? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 on Oct 18, 2012 - 3 answers

buying used books on Amazon vs eBay

First time buying used books via Amazon. Is the process the same as that of eBay's? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Oct 4, 2012 - 14 answers

How did you go from not liking reading books on your iPad to enjoying the experience?

How did you go from not liking reading books on your iPad to enjoying the experience? And how do you negotiate the morass that is the self-published ebook section of Amazon? [more inside]
posted by lesbiassparrow on Jul 29, 2012 - 32 answers

Customer base and average discount on Amazon.co.uk

Two questions based around Amazon.co.uk. I would like to know, probably rough, figures for Amazon.co.uk customer base and the average percent discount they have on books.
posted by dazzle on May 30, 2012 - 1 answer

Is there a way to be notified when something on my Amazon Wishlist is available cheaply?

Is there a way to be notified when something on my Amazon Wishlist is available cheaply? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on May 2, 2012 - 7 answers

I've read a lot of books. Now I want to do something productive.

Is there a way to download a list, en masse, of ALL the digital books I've bought via Amazon.com? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Mar 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Selling my own books through amazon

Tactics for selling books online? Since I've pretty much adopted ebooks, I've begun to liquidate my dust-collecting dead-tree library. Rather than just donating them to a charity or dumping them on the local county library, I've started listing the more valuable books (more than a dollar) on Amazon. I've had some immediate successes, enough to prompt me to keep entering in the ISBN numbers. So now I have a few questions... [more inside]
posted by crunchland on Dec 8, 2011 - 18 answers

Are there still benefits to traditional publishing or should we try self-publishing?

My husband wrote a novel a few years back. It has pretty much sat in our house in digital and a print-out form. I will not comment on how the major publishing houses tend to not come searching in your house for The Next Great American Novel... *ahem* But what SHOULD he do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Is there a plugin or script to sort Amazon wishlist by lowest Prime-eligible price?

Is there a plugin or script to sort Amazon wishlist by lowest Prime-eligible price? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Oct 5, 2011 - 6 answers

Online book retailers.

What are some other internet booksellers like AbeBooks and Bartleby.com? [more inside]
posted by clarknova on Jul 19, 2011 - 9 answers

What's the best way to find the bestselling genre books on Amazon?

How do I determine all-time high sellers on Amazon? [more inside]
posted by jasondbarr on Jul 1, 2011 - 0 answers

What statistical analysis of historical prices would be useful for a buyer?

What statistical analysis of historical prices would be useful for a buyer? [more inside]
posted by Theta States on May 12, 2011 - 1 answer

Is there a way in Firefox to make multiple tabs open up with searches from both LibX and online book stores?

Is there a way in Firefox to make multiple tabs open up with searches from both LibX and online book stores? [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree on Jan 19, 2011 - 1 answer

Using Amazon.com from South Korea

Can I order books and CD's from Amazon.com to be sent to my home in Korea, but using a US-based debit card? [more inside]
posted by bardic on Jan 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Why are these books so cheap?

Why are these used books on Amazon so cheap? [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty on Jan 1, 2011 - 20 answers

Book Mark

How would you feel if you received a book as a gift and found that it had a remainder mark? [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow on Nov 23, 2010 - 70 answers

A Search in the Amazon?

Help a reader's dream come true: I want to be able to search my Amazon wishlist. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Nov 9, 2010 - 4 answers

I've been using Amazon to sell used books but USPS shipping costs cause my net earnings to be nearly nil. What am I doing wrong?

I've been using Amazon to sell used books but USPS shipping costs cause my net earnings to be nearly nil. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Aug 30, 2010 - 12 answers

tell me about dead dudes.

Recommendations for non-fiction history, preferably available through Amazon's Kindle store? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Jul 20, 2010 - 21 answers

my book opinions, let me show you them...everywhere

LibraryThing, Shelfari, Goodreads, BookJetty, Amazon, even Facebook....am I missing any? I'm just beginning to dip my toes into book reviewing, and exploring the features of these various sites to see which might work best for me. What I'd like to know is, is there a web service (a la Twitterfeed or somesuch) that allows one to post a book review to all of these places at once? Because that would be handy.
posted by slappy_pinchbottom on Jun 19, 2010 - 1 answer

Share the kindle love?

How do you like your kindle? Knowing what you know now, would you buy it again? How can I make a kindle/ebook experience better? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Feb 24, 2010 - 29 answers

Coem on Kindle, light my fire.

How can I "test drive" a Kindle? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Jan 8, 2010 - 25 answers

Am I just a suspicious person?

Sold an old textbook on Amazon. Buyer asks for expedited shipping, willing to pay extra. Turns out shipping address is in my town. I offer to meet, or ship. No responses. Suddenly my trick knee is twitching. [more inside]
posted by Fortnight Bender on Jul 13, 2009 - 18 answers

A drop in the river

How many books (titles, not editions or book pages) are available on Amazon? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Mar 31, 2009 - 3 answers

Should I Kindle outside the U.S., or will I get burned?

Any Non-U.S. users of Amazon's Kindle (or other E-reader) out there? Can you tell me how it's working out for you? I'm trying to decide whether to splurge for my birthday, and really don't want to invest that much money in a mistake. [more inside]
posted by taz on Aug 9, 2008 - 14 answers

Amazon Kindle: will you ever be in color?

Gadget-filter: Do you think Amazon's Kindle will ever be offered in color rather than b/w? [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Nov 30, 2007 - 12 answers

Favorite used book sites online?

What are your favorite resources for buying dirt-cheap used books online? [more inside]
posted by willie11 on May 3, 2007 - 21 answers

1. ISBN 2. Web Service 3. ??? 4. Profit

I need to know which book-related web service/API is best (most complete archive, most up-to-date, most metadata) for looking up information about books given an ISBN-10 or ISBN-13. [more inside]
posted by basicchannel on Apr 17, 2007 - 10 answers

A script to find a bargain?

Is there a script that can help me optimize used book and dvd shipping expenditures on half.com, or can this be accomplished elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Mar 23, 2007 - 2 answers

"It is not love that is blind, but jealousy."

What's the cheapest way to order many copies of one book (used)? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Nov 28, 2006 - 14 answers

One hour on Amazon to find the definitive book on a subject.

Amazon.com Ninjas: You have one hour to find the definitive book on a new subject you are interested in but know very little or nothing about. You may use only the features of Amazon (e.g. search, purchase circles, ultimate buys, customer reviews etc). What's your strategy? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Jul 26, 2006 - 10 answers

How to browse Listmania lists on Amazon?

I can't figure out a way to browse Amazon via Listmania lists. Is there any way to do this? They show up on nearly every book page I visit, but I'd like to browse through them by user and topic.
posted by wires on Apr 20, 2006 - 2 answers

Odd Amazon ref link?

A friend noticed that self-linking Amazon links in his Amazon blog included "ref=ase_artandlies-20" in the url. That's definitely not his referral id, publisher, booktitle, username, or anything else he could connect to himself or his book. Any idea what artandlies is about? [more inside]
posted by davebug on Feb 27, 2006 - 13 answers

Amazon's Statistically Improbable Phrases

Do you know of a page or project that will show a list of Amazon's statistcally improbable phrases, live-linked to the Amazon content the are found in? Options for sorting by source date, title, author, subject, or other classes are what my inner librarian really wants. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Mar 21, 2005 - 5 answers

What's the best way to sell used books?

Selling used books online. Is amazon (terms of sale) the way to go? Ebay? Am I better off taking books to local used booksellers? No collectibles or rare books, just your standard hodgepodge lit, theory, and what not.
posted by pinto on Jun 9, 2004 - 19 answers

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