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Brett Russell

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Kindle does not show other formats
Posted: Nov 4, 2017 8:04 AM
 
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Hi, I just finished publishing my first book titled Understanding Bitcoin In 46 Seconds.

I first did the paperback version through CreateSpace and then had them build the Kindle files for me which were uploaded about 24 hours ago. My KDP account confirms the book is published and live but there are a few things not right and I'm wondering if it is because the "listing" is so recent.

1. When I search for "bitcoin" and use a "last 30 days" criteria, my book is not found. It also does not show up with "bitcoin" search.

2. In the "Kindle" listing, it does not show the paperback format that is also available.

I want to spend money promoting this but want all the formats options available.

Any thoughts on this?
Salamander Mall...

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Re: Kindle does not show other formats
Posted: Nov 4, 2017 8:22 AM   in response to: Brett Russell in response to: Brett Russell
 
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Brett Russell wrote:
Hi, I just finished publishing my first book titled Understanding Bitcoin In 46 Seconds.

I first did the paperback version through CreateSpace and then had them build the Kindle files for me which were uploaded about 24 hours ago. My KDP account confirms the book is published and live but there are a few things not right and I'm wondering if it is because the "listing" is so recent.

1. When I search for "bitcoin" and use a "last 30 days" criteria, my book is not found. It also does not show up with "bitcoin" search.

2. In the "Kindle" listing, it does not show the paperback format that is also available.

I want to spend money promoting this but want all the formats options available.

Any thoughts on this?


It takes time for new products to show in Amazon searches. Your place in the searches is driven by keywords and sales. When your book does get listed, don't expect it to rise all on its own over the other two thousand books on the subject.

The books will eventually mesh up on the same page if the exact same title and author are used for both, probably a week or so. You can also request that different editions be linked through your Author Central account.

Hopefully you reviewed your book before clicking the publish button. As many have discovered, CreateSpace is very poor at creating e-books, as PDF is the worst format you could possibly use. Also, e-books require totally different formatting than a print edition, something else at which CreateSpace does not excel. Experienced writers never ask CreateSpace to produce an e-book. Still, if you reviewed every single page and aspect of the e-book and are satisfied, that's all that matters.
Brett Russell

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Re: Kindle does not show other formats
Posted: Nov 4, 2017 10:12 AM   in response to: Salamander Mall... in response to: Salamander Mall...
 
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Thank you. I appreciate you help.

"When your book does get listed, don't expect it to rise all on its own over the other two thousand books on the subject." Just to be clear, my book IS published (not sure if your are using "listed" as "published" as the same thing) I searched a single word "bitcoin" and filtered for "last 30 days" Are you saying it will take some time to be included in those types of drill-down searches?

"Hopefully you reviewed your book" Actually no, I did not double check the formatting for the Kindle version because I was trusting CreateSpace to have done that as part of a PAID CONVERSION (Paperback to kindle) service. They suggested I could do it but warned that if it was not formatted properly, it would not read well on kindle. So I paid them to format it and they gave me a .MOBI file to upload.

I will take your advice and buy the book on Kindle.

Thank you again.
Salamander Mall...

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Re: Kindle does not show other formats
Posted: Nov 4, 2017 12:51 PM   in response to: Brett Russell in response to: Brett Russell
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Brett Russell wrote:
Thank you. I appreciate you help.

"When your book does get listed, don't expect it to rise all on its own over the other two thousand books on the subject." Just to be clear, my book IS published (not sure if your are using "listed" as "published" as the same thing) I searched a single word "bitcoin" and filtered for "last 30 days" Are you saying it will take some time to be included in those types of drill-down searches?

Listed, as in being included in search results. It takes a few days, apparently. Aside from sales (though it is the most important factor) your best bet for appearing ahead of others is through strong and effective keywords. Those keywords will also determ*ine your sub-genres, which also affect your visibility.

"Hopefully you reviewed your book" Actually no, I did not double check the formatting for the Kindle version because I was trusting CreateSpace to have done that as part of a PAID CONVERSION (Paperback to kindle) service. They suggested I could do it but warned that if it was not formatted properly, it would not read well on kindle. So I paid them to format it and they gave me a .MOBI file to upload.
Most have not found it a good value. Hopefully you will have better luck.

I will take your advice and buy the book on Kindle.
Always a good idea. You get an initial ranking, your royalty and pride of ownership. I have a categ*ory on my Kindles called "Mine." Not quite as satisfying as a bookshelf lined with real books, but it's still nice to see them gathered together, especially since the covers are of my design. Vanity, yes, but aren't most things?

Thank you again.
Elodie

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Re: Kindle does not show other formats
Posted: Nov 4, 2017 3:49 PM   in response to: Brett Russell in response to: Brett Russell
 
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Brett Russell wrote:
"Hopefully you reviewed your book" Actually no, I did not double check the formatting for the Kindle version because I was trusting CreateSpace to have done that as part of a PAID CONVERSION (Paperback to kindle) service. They suggested I could do it but warned that if it was not formatted properly, it would not read well on kindle. So I paid them to format it and they gave me a .MOBI file to upload.

Don't EVER trust CreateSpace to turn your paperback into an ebook. They are bad (if not the worst ) at converting.
Brett Russell

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Re: Kindle does not show other formats
Posted: Nov 10, 2017 5:44 AM   in response to: Brett Russell in response to: Brett Russell
 
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I contacted the support Kindle team and they linked the Kindle and Paperback. They were very quick.
Notjohn

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Re: Kindle does not show other formats
Posted: Nov 10, 2017 11:31 AM   in response to: Brett Russell in response to: Brett Russell
 
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Please buy a copy of the ebook and make sure it meets your high expectations. (I hope they are high!) If not, ask for your money back.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting

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http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
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