If you are an author and are a member of Authors Central than this post applies to you! Amazon has just released something called Author Rank. According to the email from Amazon, Author Rank will list your book according to how well it sells. This could be a great feature for best-selling authors but might not be so great for authors who are not in the top 100. Authors can use this graph though to see what people ‘think’ which is important. We are ‘writing for the public’ so to speak and it’s good to see what is ‘trendy’ and what sells. As Taylor mentioned in his article on Book Titles. It is important to seek out what sells. Not to copy them but to see what’s popular.
The email I received said that: “Amazon Author Rank is your rank based on the sales of all of your books on Amazon.com. Just like Amazon Best Sellers, it is updated hourly. The top 100 authors overall and the top 100 in selected genres will be displayed on Amazon.com. You can see your Amazon Author Rank trended over time in Author Central.You can find your Amazon Author Rank in Author Central under the Rank tab. Historical rank data is available from September 28, 2012. We’re always interested in feedback, so please let us know what you think.”
According to Amazon my own book Fulltrui ranks: 18135 in Religion & Spirituality however when I login to Author Central it says #352,327 I have no idea where that puts me as just going to the Religion and Spirituality section and after searching over forty pages the only way I could see my book is either searching by title or go and search by my name. I have no idea how good this is going to be for ‘independents’ as I am assuming if it’s based on ‘purchases’ it is likely that we can see books like Twilight out-ranking independents. But, maybe not? It will definitely be interesting to ‘track’ this and see if any of our titles (that is titles published by Immanion Press or Megalithica Books) make it into the top 100! The only way to know though is by checking Author Central. If you are an author this is a very useful tool to have at your disposal. I did put a tutorial for authors who want to set up an account as it was a tad complicated at first. The tutorial is located here
I would say that authors should see what their rank is and to provide Amazon feedback as to whether they think this is a good idea. I am not sure if it is ‘useful’ or not, but it is interesting! What would be nice is if they put these ranks for ‘everyone’ to see. I fail to see why it is a big secret and you should be able to view books by rank as spending hours searching Amazon does not always yield the book you were seeking. I also think Amazon should allow listings of books by publisher and should allow publishers to have a page too. I believe you can search by publisher once you get to the book title but sometimes Amazon still spits out the wrong information. So it would be nice to be able to tailor Amazon a bit more.
Still Amazon seems to add features on a daily basis so who knows what they will come up with next!