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I think it is an issue to be concerned about, since now, according to Dave, there are ghost categories. If I understand him, whatever categories our books currently are in now may lead nowhere, so we must change everything. Yikes.

Look at what Amazon has done to the sales page, too. It now allows you to examine the book cover at very large size--which is of no practical use to anyone buying a book. What are they thinking? You'd want to examine some other kind of product in that nearly microscopic detail, but not a book cover.

What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Amazon changed how the do categories
« Last post by TimothyEllis on September 25, 2023, 11:14:00 PM »
If you go into the submission process to change anything, the categories on your book are removed.

You need to immediately change to the new 3 category system, and resubmit as soon as possible.

Most of the categories haven't changed that I can see. Some have, a few seem to be gone, and a few are hidden in a drop down menu.

When I find the thread this was first discussed in, I'll merge this one in. [Done]
What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Amazon changed how the do categories
« Last post by RiverRun on September 25, 2023, 11:09:01 PM »
Amazon seems to have made some changes to their category selection process. (I apologize if this has already been discussed here.)

The Kindlepreneur guy, Dave Chesson, sent out a long email through his mailing list talking about how some are actually 'ghost' categories.

This is it.

Some categories seem to overlap, and are apparently the same category with different names. I skimmed and honestly wasn't able to make much sense of whether this was going to affect me or not. But KDP now suggests that I update my categories when I went to edit something else. My book is not selling right now anyway so it won't make much practical difference, but its always nice to understand what I'm doing when I change something. Is this an issue to be concerned about?

Wait until they add ads to KU then start charging an additional monthly fee if people want to read books without commercial interruptions.
How long before Amazon sells us ad-space on Prime Video?

"Pay a set amount for a 30-second ad spot; promote your new thriller novel during this week's new episode of Reacher."

I could see it.
What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: WTF is up with US ranks?
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on September 21, 2023, 01:53:38 AM »
Oh! I'll have to look again. I saw the second dropdown, but I didn't see urban or paranormal.

Or maybe they were added after I created the book. I thought I had looked very carefully at all of the possibilities offered.
What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: WTF is up with US ranks?
« Last post by TimothyEllis on September 19, 2023, 03:27:40 PM »
there is no longer a way to select urban as a subcategory of fantasy.

I just found it.

If you click on Fantasy after selecting it, a second box of subcategories appears. Urban and paranormal is there.

Seems like if there were too many for the box, they put the extras in a separate drop down. Like Military is now in the Sci-Fi drop down.
What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Resistance Is Futile
« Last post by Post-Crisis D on September 19, 2023, 04:37:57 AM »
I'd worry about the possibility of Google parsing your entire book for its AI schemes more so than worrying about a third party scraping GooglePlay for the first 20% of books to try to train their AI.
What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Resistance Is Futile
« Last post by alhawke on September 19, 2023, 04:14:20 AM »
But it never occurred to me that it might be precisely to interfere with AI scraping, as Jeff suggested. That's not a bad theory.
That opens up some concerns with me and Googlplay. Googleplay always provides too large a sample and the only way to not provide their 20% is to not sell your book there.
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