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September 16, 2013


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David Grace

I would settle for decent search tools in Amazon itself. For example, if they put three radio buttons, Title, Author and Keywords, under the search box that would vastly improve the search results. For example if you entered "steel" and the Title button was checked you would get a book titled: Blue Steel. If author was checked you would get Death Moon by Bret Steel, etc.

8000 titles appear if you enter the key words "police procedural." You can't sort them by author. You can't limit them to books first published in the last year. You can't limit them to ebooks between $3 and $8. You can't limit them to books with at least a 4 star rating AND sorted by price. Etc.

Unless you know what you're looking for in advance, Amazon and the rest as essentially a big dogpile but good luck getting them to have a programmer spent maybe two days to add some front-end search and sort tools. I admit I don't understand the reluctance.

--David Grace

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