Indie Book Discovery: Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Started FAQ

How does this work?

It's pretty simple. Click on the Books, Authors or even the Genres links to see a randomised list of books and/or authors. See something you like, there are simple buttons to get more information about the book (like reviews and current rankings), or go directly to the book on Amazon.com or share it (Tweet, FaceBook, Pinterest, GoodReads etc etc).

How much does it cost?

Free. Gotta love that.

Of course if you like what we do, we really would appreciate a donation.

Is there an app?

Not yet, but the site is 'responsive' and so should adapt to the size of your screen (computer/tablet/phone).

Account/profile FAQ

Do I need to sign up or sign in?

You don't need to sign up or sign if you just want to browse the lists. If you do sign up, we might make it easier/better for you ...

What do I need to enter to sign-up?

You will be asked to provide:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • User Name - This needs to be unique and a minimum of 8 characters
  • Email address
  • Password - This needs to be a minimum of 6 characters. You enter it twice to make sure you don't make a mistake

Why do I need to verify my email address?

You only need to verify your email address if you want to register as an author.

Why haven't I received an email to verify my email address?

Check your 'junk' mail... it might be there. Still a problem? Please let us know and we'll see what we can do.

admin@indiebookdiscovery.com

Social account integration?

You can also connect with your social network accounts:

Google FaceBook Twitter

Do I need an Amazon account too?

No. Indie Book Discovery accesses Amazon data and simplifies finding books on Amazon, but there is no need to have an Amazon account (or connect your Amazon account if you have one).

List Browsing FAQ

What lists can I browse?

You can browse the whole list of books, books by genre or a list of authors and their books.

What is in the lists?

The lists include the book cover, title, author and a short description of the books. Click on the title or the book cover images to see more information about the book (such as a full book description and reviews).

What order are the books listed in?

To promote the discovery of something new, the books are always listed in a 'random' order.

Do I need to buy anything when I browse the lists?

No. Even the Amazon button () only takes you to a book on Amazon and does not commit you to purchase anything.

General FAQ

Why does the list change?

The rationale behind Indie Book Discovery was to offer a means 'discover' something new. With this in mind, the lists are always sorted in a random order.

Why can't I filter the lists?

Filtering wouldn't help you discover something new ... but you can browse lists by genre and nationality.

Amazon Regions FAQ

What are the regions?

Indie Book Discovery needs to get its data to be displayed from Amazon. Amazon has a number of country specific "stores", but only allows book data to be accessed from the following regions:

  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • France
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • UK
  • US

Indie Book Discovery will try to source data from the most appropriate Amazon region for you based on where we think you are from. The current region source will be represented by a flag in the top menu.

Why change the region?

You are welcome to change the region so Indie Book Discovery will display data from that Amazon region.

So:

  • if you've selected (UK) as your region, the book description and reviews displayed will come from Amazon.co.uk
  • if you've selected (Canada) as your region, the book description and reviews displayed will come from Amazon.ca
  • (etc)

My region isn't listed.

Sorry, but Amazon data is only available from some regions. It doesn't affect your ability to buy books (from Amazon stores), just where we display data from.

My default Amazon region is wrong.

If Indie Book Discovery is using what seems to be the wrong Amazon region for you, please let us know and we'll see what has gone wrong.

Email: admin@indiebookdiscovery.com

Meanwhile, you can always Select region from list.»

Amazon Stores FAQ

What are the stores?

Amazon offers an ever increasing number of stores for specific countries:

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • France
  • Italy
  • India
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • UK
  • US

The current store will be represented by a flag in the top menu.

Why change the store?

Indie Book Discovery will try to set the right store for your country as your default store, but you are welcome to change it.

So:

  • if you've selected (Australia) as your store, clicking on the Amazon buy links will take you to Amazon.com.au
  • if you've selected (Canada) as your store, clicking on the Amazon buy links will take you to Amazon.ca
  • (etc)

My country store isn't listed.

Even if your country isn't listed, links to all Amazon stores are still provided to enable you to purchase books from what you know to be 'your' store.

My default Amazon country store is wrong.

If Indie Book Discovery is displaying the wrong store for you, please let us know and we'll see what has gone wrong.

Email: admin@indiebookdiscovery.com

Meanwhile, you can always Select store from list.»

Getting Started as an Author FAQ

How does this work?

Register yourself as an author and you'll be able to add your books to the lists to be discovered.

So how do I register?

You need to sign up/in and verify your email before you can register as an author. Registration requires:

  1. Sign Up/Sign In
  2. Verify email
  3. Hit the 'Author Registration' button to enter your author details!

Sign In or Sign Up

Why should I register as an author?

Indie Book Discovery is a way to get your books noticed. It doesn't matter where your books are in the best-seller lists, at Indie Book Discovery your books will be listed in a random order to be discovered/noticed by readers and book browsers.

As well as getting your books listed, you'll also get to list your website and social networking links to aid in your online presence.

Who should register as an author?

If you have books listed on Amazon, you should get them listed on Indie Book Discovery.

What can I do once I've registered as an author?

Options are available from the 'Admin' menu option or your 'My Profile' page, or of course from your Author page.

  • Edit author details (your pen name, website, social accounts etc)
  • Add book listing (all you really need is your book 'ASIN' from Amazon)
  • Edit book details (if your listed book)
  • Delete book listing (if you want to remove your book from the lists. Sad.)

As the author, you'll also be able to update book details with simple buttons wherever you see your books listed, and from your author details in author lists.

How much does it cost?

Free. Can't do better than that!

Of course if you like what we do, we really would appreciate a donation.

What do I get when I register a book?

You get your books listed on a website to be visited by readers looking for books, providing another avenue for your books to be discovered. Indie Book Discovery makes it easy for readers to click directly to your book on Amazon ... hopefully to purchase.

The plan is to get 'lots' of authors to list their books and then use this list to attract 'lots and lots' of readers.

There's also social networking links to help your book be shared too!

Soon, you'll also be able to see metrics of how your book is doing on the site (how many times it's been seen, clicked, etc).

Goodreads FaceBook Twitter

How can I get my books to the top of the lists?

You can't. Indie Book Discovery displays books in a 'random' order, regardless of date of publication, bestseller ranking, price etc etc. Sometimes you might be listed at the top, sometimes not.

How can I get my books into the featured list?

Details coming soon...

Are there any other premium features ?

Coming soon are several promotional features...

Do you do reviews?

No... but people who do reviews, readers, browse Indie Book Discovery book lists looking for their next book.

Policy FAQ

Our commitment to protect your privacy

We understand how important it is to protect your personal information. Any personal information we collect about you will only be used for the purposes we have collected it or as allowed under the law.