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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: WTF is up with US ranks?
« Last post by skeletor on October 26, 2023, 02:21:25 AM »
I'm currently waiting for a new pre-order to list.

It's been over 24 hours now.

Normally it takes 1.5 hours. Or 5-6 hours for a new series book 1. This one is stand alone though, for now, as I'm not sure which series it fits into yet.

Everything has been taking longer on KDP for me. I, too, remember uploading a new book and having it go live within hours. My last two have probably taken 24+ hours. It's a drag.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: WTF is up with US ranks?
« Last post by alhawke on October 26, 2023, 12:28:58 AM »
I'm running a Halloween sale of one of my witch books starting today, but I dropped the price last week. So I've been monitoring ranking. Last week it took >72 hrs for ranking to update paid in the US.

We need to think of new ways to promote books with book promotions.
I still don't see a rational reason for this. Maybe when Amazon slowed ranking changes, it inadvertently created a delay in this kind of change as well.
The way I see it, the new system damages one day sale blitzes (free and 99c). Who does that effect? BookBub. So suspicions can run wild here. But it also props up old books while damaging new releases. That's something perhaps Amazon has not thought out. Or maybe there's so many books that they don't care? Or maybe it's a new system some IT wizard came up with on Amazon and they never thought out how it could effect writers?

For us, outside of Bookbub promos, still playing with the timing may help. Book sales before my promo might help ranking somewhat before the real promo begins today. Spreading out promotions might work somewhat? But I'm not sure. Interestingly, all this seems to only be affecting Canada and US, as far as I know.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: WTF is up with US ranks?
« Last post by TimothyEllis on October 25, 2023, 11:41:19 PM »
I'm currently waiting for a new pre-order to list.

It's been over 24 hours now.

Normally it takes 1.5 hours. Or 5-6 hours for a new series book 1. This one is stand alone though, for now, as I'm not sure which series it fits into yet.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: WTF is up with US ranks?
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on October 25, 2023, 11:37:28 PM »
I still don't see a rational reason for this. Maybe when Amazon slowed ranking changes, it inadvertently created a delay in this kind of change as well.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: WTF is up with US ranks?
« Last post by PaulineMRoss on October 25, 2023, 07:02:32 PM »
A further update: 48 hours since the price reverted to full price and it still has a free rank (which is being updated regularly - it's drifted down to #22 now).
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: WTF is up with US ranks?
« Last post by Anarchist on October 25, 2023, 03:13:58 AM »
An update: a full 24 hours after the book reverted back to full price, it still shows at #14 in the free rankings. Sigh.

It appears the same thing has happened to many other books, including James Scott Bell's Romeo's Way.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: WTF is up with US ranks?
« Last post by PaulineMRoss on October 24, 2023, 08:04:41 PM »
An update: a full 24 hours after the book reverted back to full price, it still shows at #14 in the free rankings. Sigh.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: WTF is up with US ranks?
« Last post by TimothyEllis on October 23, 2023, 01:35:38 AM »
It's not just BookBub. I've tracked a book that sold seven copies over the past 48hrs and there's been no change in US ranking. US ranking is delayed by 48-72 hrs. The reason? Could be a glitch.

It's not a glitch.

It's deliberate in the US store, and now apparently in the Can store as well.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: WTF is up with US ranks?
« Last post by alhawke on October 23, 2023, 01:31:35 AM »
I'm hoping for something like this - a quick switch back to the paid ranks.
Switching back quick would be nice.

It's not just BookBub. I've tracked a book that sold seven copies over the past 48hrs and there's been no change in US ranking. US ranking is delayed by 48-72 hrs. The reason? Could be a glitch. But it seems to be a way to dilute the effect of large sales. This supports older titles while hurting new releases and sale blitzes.

It's interesting that it affect certain countries. I recall Canada freezing a year ago--again, glitz or testing??
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: WTF is up with US ranks?
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on October 22, 2023, 11:55:26 PM »
I can understand (though not approve of) slow ranking changes that might dilute the effect of a Bookbub. But I can't see a logical reason for Amazon being slow to switch a free book back to the paid list after it is no longer free. That may indeed be a side effect of something else or a glitch Amazon hasn't noticed yet.
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