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Initial post: Nov 8, 2013 12:55:46 PM PST
Radiobabe says:
I love to read books that have several in a series. When I purchase a book I would like to have Amazon show: book 3 of 7, and then list the 7 books in order. I would then go back and purchase 1 thru 7 so that I could read them in order. I spend too much time trying to find book 1 and 2 so that I can read them before #3. Any suggestions?

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 12:59:53 PM PST
T. Cannon says:
I use Goodreads.com. You can put in the name of the book you found and it will tell you if it is in a series, what the series' name is, and then you can usually click on the series name and it will give you a numbered list of the books in that series.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2013 1:00:40 PM PST
Debi says:
I use http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk to find the order of books. I think it's really up to the publisher not amazon to list it. A lot are better than when I first got my kindle.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 1:51:46 PM PST
LadyH95 says:
I use www.fictfact.com.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2013 1:58:56 PM PST
So do I. I love the notices that tell you when there's a new book in one of the series you follow. I just wish there were a way to limit it to when the Kindle edition is available.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2013 2:50:52 PM PST
 nospin  says:
I use Shelfari.com

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 4:14:29 PM PST
LynnL says:
+1 for fictfact. For keeping track of series, it's thorough and dead simple.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 4:55:26 PM PST
DLee says:
+1 for fictfact.com. I, too, love the notifications when new books in a series come out, and I use it for my main reference on series, next book to read. And if you find a series that's a bit out of whack, customer service is very responsive in confirming and fixing it. Had that happen once on a series.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 5:29:23 PM PST
B. Marks says:
My pet peeve about Amazon books, and I suppose this is also a publisher thing, is lack of a publishing history. I often want to know when a book was first published and paper books always have that information. Actually I thought they were required to have it, but maybe not. Kindle books have the date it was published as a Kindle book and sometimes not even that.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2013 5:51:40 PM PST
Mary McManus says:
In Amazon's own Open Road books, which are generally older and formerly out-of-print books, they don't list the copyright date which is disappointing. I looked at the beginning of From Here to Eternity, and it is not there and should be. When in doubt, you can always check the database of your public library but should we have to?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2013 7:42:28 PM PST
B. Marks says:
I do look at either fantasticfiction.co.uk or Wikipedia or some such to get dates before I buy a book that's new to me. I like to know when it was published. It doesn't always affect my purchase decision although at times it may. I just want to know. It affects how I approach the book.

I really think that's a vital piece of information to a reader.

While I'm griping, another thing about the change in bookselling that's really bothering me, maybe more than the publication history, is the confusion, and sometimes downright lying about authors. This comes in a lot of forms.

The worse case, I think, is where the name of a deceased author such as Robert Ludlum. This guy has written far more books since he died than he ever did while he was alive. V. C. Andrews is another example. Actually she probably started it. Robert Parker is another example.

The name of the real author is usually given in small print and even sometimes preceded by the word "by", but what you see when you look at the book is Robert Ludlum who seems to be the author if you don't look real close.

I really have no problem with continuing popular series and characters but they should be honest about it. My personal definition of a lie is saying something designed to deceive, whether the words are true or not.

Another, less obvious and maybe less misleading, but still fairly dishonest, is to get a well known person to write a short introduction to an older book and then list their name as a second author as though the book was jointly written by both of them. It just ain't so.

Again, it's not hard to find out. But it's become very common practice and we suckers are letting them get away with it. We need to raise hell about things like this.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2013 8:03:43 PM PST
"I really have no problem with continuing popular series and characters but they should be honest about it. My personal definition of a lie is saying something designed to deceive, whether the words are true or not."

See, I do have a problem with it. If you're a good enough writer to follow in a successful writer's shadow, you should be good enough to create your own characters. I refuse to read any of those books, no matter who authorized them.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 1:00:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 13, 2013 1:03:45 AM PST
AC Sue says:
I don't always mind it, but this one surprised me --
The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot series Book 42)

I read that Christie saved "Curtain" for many years and had it published when she knew she would not write another Poirot book. I don't know if she'd approve of this "new" one, although her heirs have authorized it. I'm pretty sure this new book will annoy me but I probably won't be able to resist reading it if the reviews are fairly positive.

ETA: I have bought this "lost" one (written by Christie, although maybe not a final draft), although I've not read it yet --
Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 4:30:45 AM PST
Debi says:
I'm not big on that either. I won't finish the series, once an author dies it's pretty much over for me. Wheel of Time is another.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 4:42:04 AM PST
B. Marks says:
I don't have any interest in reading a book by one author who's carrying on the characters created by another author, but I don't think there's anything dishonest about it as long as it's clear just what is being done. My objection is to the sleazy ways they try to fool people.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 6:26:22 AM PST
BJWright says:
Barryem - I agree. If it is obvious I don't mind it. I read Covert One books by Robert Ludlum and it is being continued by another author. I would rather that, than no more books in the series. As long as the author can keep the same quality.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 8:58:30 AM PST
It bugs me that on Amazon's Authors pages, there is usually no indication of what order the books were published in (or should be read in). If it is supposed to be a page about the author's books, shouldn't that information be included?

I also would like to see the copyright date on the product page. I don't really care about the Kindle publication date as much as the actual copyright date.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 9:06:05 AM PST
I would, too. Sometimes it makes a big difference. "Why didn't she just use her cell phone?" Oh, because the book showing a 1/13/12 publication date was first published in 1987.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 10:47:52 AM PST
ResM says:
Could someone please provide the link to the portal for Amazon's Open Road books mentioned in a post listed above? I've tried searching for this series on the Amazon site and have had no luck. Thank you very much.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 11:11:05 AM PST
KAragon says:
I think Mary might have been referring to www.openroadmedia.com

They seem to be publishing more and more new stuff all the time but when they started, it was mostly older books where the authors hadn't signed away their digital rights to the previous publisher.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 11:16:46 AM PST
ResM says:
KAragon, thank you for the info. I've been seeking Kindle versions of older out-of-print titles. This might be a good place to start.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 11:52:34 AM PST
R. Nelson says:
Agreed that the series information would be helpful on the page.

In some instances, if the Shelfari community has created the series you can find that information way down towards the bottom of the page (under the reviews section) in the "Book Extras from the Shelfari Community" section.

I tend to look at goodreads for the series information, but I do use FictFact a little bit, mostly to alert to new books in a series. I'm not very caught up in entering my series information there as to what I'm watching yet though.
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