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Initial post: Feb 19, 2014 12:34:36 PM PST
why can't kindle put books in order by publication date for author

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2014 12:56:49 PM PST
Because that's not a sorting option.

You might want to look into Calibre, which is a program that allows you to sort your books however you'd like. But on your computer. Not on your Kindle. Sorry.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 1:19:02 PM PST
Thomas S. says:
OK, I get that it's not a sorting option, and I'm pretty sure Carol Holland does also. But it seems to me that it should be a sorting option. It's very frustrating to have to open each book in a series and check the publication date so one can read them in chronological order. I've been told that the Kindle folks don't read this forum, but perhaps they should to get a feel for changes their customers would like to see. This is one I'd like to see implemented.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2014 1:26:27 PM PST
I follow a lot of series (more than 300, according to Calibre) and I always want to read them in order. Because it is the publisher, not Amazon, that sets the metadata for the books, I use Calibre to keep track of those series. My Home page looks like this:

Southern Sisters - 01 - Murder on a Girls' Night Out
Southern Sisters - 02 - Murder on a Bad Hair Day

It takes a couple of minutes to get things set up, but it's easy and becomes a routine. It's worth it to me.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 1:30:24 PM PST
B. Marks says:
I don't read series so this isn't a problem that I care about but if readers care about this sort of thing I'm sure Amazon does too. While they don't reply to posts in here I'll be amazed if they're not doing all kinds of analysis on the discussions here, and generating reports about readers concerns. I don't know this and if they are doing it I don't know if they've automated it or if they have people reading it or both. But i'll be very surprised if postings here don't provide information for Amazon. It's too rich a source for them not to use it.


In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2014 1:37:21 PM PST
Zanzibar says:
Which publication date would you think would be helpful? Hardcover, paperback, kindle edition, previous publication by a different company? I've seen several ebooks in a series with the same publication date because they were published years later at the same time. It's much easier to keep track of series yourself in whatever manner you find works best. I use a spreadsheet and Calibre after checking several sources online.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2014 1:38:18 PM PST
The Artist says:
Because Amazon is not the publisher. The publishers provide that information.

It only takes a few minutes to get that info from other sites like or Wikipedia. I create a text doc and then send it to my Kindle and add it to that series' collection.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 1:49:26 PM PST
The best site for finding accurate info re the chronological order of a series is Go there, sign up, and you will be a happy person. I just go there whenever I'm ready to read a next-in-series book. Once you establish a profile, they tell you what book is next in all your series being followed, so no need to search at all.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2014 1:49:26 PM PST
Thomas, if you want Amazon to hear you, you have to use Amazon's feedback email address - or

You said "perhaps they should to get a feel for changes their customers would like to see" That's why they have set up the email addresses. These addresses are available under the Contact Us button on the Help page.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2014 2:02:39 PM PST
You have to think of buying books at Amazon like a self-service shoe store. "Let's see. This one is AB97842P. Do you see that one in an 8? No, that one's AW, which means white. I want the black."

If you ASK someone (as in...Googling, basically), then you might find out if they have that in an 8. But YOU have to look for it, and YOU have to ask.

There isn't an obsequious salesman at your beck and call, to fawn over your book choice. "Here they ALL are. Enjoy."

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 2:04:51 PM PST
Annie DC says:
I agree, it would be very nice to have all the books in a series include that information as part of the title. Some do, and it's handy. Some don't, and it's another step or two to figure it out.

But contact the publishers and tell THEM, because they are the ones who determine how the title of a book is presented -- not Amazon.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 2:06:57 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 19, 2014 2:41:40 PM PST
Amazon doesn't even have the actual copyright date on the book product page, which is probably what you want, although sometimes authors write "prequels" or "in-between" books that are published out of order compared to their internal date order. Publishers do not put either date in the metadata, so you're out of luck, unless you input it yourself in Calibre.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2014 2:45:02 PM PST
The Artist - I do much the same thing, though I also refer to for my series orders. Their complete bibliography presentation for an author is very handy.

It is easy and convenient to highlight each title in the series-order text doc as we read them, to keep track of where we are in the series. And if I don't have a series doc created yet, it takes about 30 seconds to surf out to fantasticfiction or fictfact and see what is next.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 9:05:35 AM PST
pmark says:
Are you assuming that ebooks are published in the same order as print? Not always!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2014 9:37:05 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
not even written in timeline order in a lot of cases: witness Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series (the first books sequentially in the series was written at least 10 years after the first book in the series and she continued to bounce all over the timeline as she wrote her books) and Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos series (none of which were written in sequential order)
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