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Book prices on Amazon

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vjezkova
Mar. 18th, 2017 09:41 am (UTC)
Wow! Thank you for this information. I had no idea that there was a robot behind the prices. You are very clever because you uncovered this system. Does this apply also for Kindle books?
watervole
Mar. 18th, 2017 08:24 pm (UTC)
I spent a lot of time looking at online book prices when we worked in the charity bookshop. You learn by looking.

I don't know about kindles - I've only recently started buying those. As they're very recent, there's only likely to be one Kindle edition of most books, which reduces the chance for odd copies to have silly prices.

The rules for the pricing robots are set by people, but they can only compare with identical books.
vjezkova
Mar. 18th, 2017 09:03 pm (UTC)
This sounds logical, thank you!
oreouk
Mar. 19th, 2017 07:34 am (UTC)
That's super useful to know, especially as my librarianly instincts say that the more specific/correct I am in my search the more likely I am to find the right thing.
watervole
Mar. 19th, 2017 09:47 am (UTC)
Indeed, it's a bit counter-intuitive to go non-specific, but it really does the trick.

You have to find the minimum number of words from author/title to uniquely define the book. Three is generally enough,but avoid ones that are commonly mis-spelt.
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