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Interesting that it seems disconnected from ranking a little. I have a audible title with 500+ on it, and the books with worse ranks say 10K bought.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / "(Number+) bought or read in past month"
« Last post by Seoulite on May 16, 2024, 02:44:51 PM »

It seems Amazon is now posting estimates of reads/boughts on the books' pages in small font, right above the synopses. For example, on Freida McFadden's Never Lie page, it says "100K+ bought or read in past month." I thought it might only apply to KU books, so I checked out some wide authors. It's the same for them as well.

Have you noticed these additions on your books' pages? From my brief observations, though, I think this only applies to books selling 100+ per month.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Amazon launches in South Africa
« Last post by alhawke on May 09, 2024, 05:26:56 AM »
It's exciting that Amazon's delving into another market. Thanks for letting us know.
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I am concerned about what it means to selling on Amazon.co.za.  :icon_rolleyes:

Give them time to get it going.

The lack of Amazon products may simply be someone goofed on the delivery of them to whatever warehouse is being used there. Could be stuck on a ship and delayed for some reason. Amazon would never admit something like that.

They haven't had time to process any orders yet. :icon_rolleyes:

But many South Africans who have been eagerly awaiting the megaretailerís launch will be disappointed to learn that none of the Amazon-specific products and services that accompany its retail operations in other markets is available locally.

There are no listings for the Kindle e-reader, Fire TV smart TV device, Ring video doorbell or Alexa voice assistant-capable Amazon smart speakers. Ironically, a quick search on South African e-commerce site takealot.com, which is seen as Amazonís most formidable rival in South Africa, shows multiple listings of Amazon products including the Echo Dot smart speakers as well as an assortment of Fire TV sticks, Fire tablets and more.

None of Amazonís digital services is available either, including Amazon Music or the much-anticipated Amazon Prime, which bundles its e-commerce offering and various digital services into a single subscription plan. Only Amazon Prime Video is available to South African consumers, though that was launched here years ago.

A like-for-like comparison shows that Amazonís South African offering is similar to Takealotís. But the large number of listed products on amazon.co.za labelled as out of stock Ė this includes most smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy S24 range and the iPhone 15 range, for example Ė suggests that Takealot leads, for now, in terms of its product offering.

Nothing about Amazonís offering screams Amazon, especially given its own products are not available.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Amazon launches in South Africa
« Last post by TimothyEllis on May 09, 2024, 02:23:49 AM »
I am concerned about what it means to selling on Amazon.co.za.  :icon_rolleyes:

Give them time to get it going.

The lack of Amazon products may simply be someone goofed on the delivery of them to whatever warehouse is being used there. Could be stuck on a ship and delayed for some reason. Amazon would never admit something like that.
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Australia doesn't get everything either, although some things have been added over the years.

But we still don't get Music.

I am concerned about what it means to selling on Amazon.co.za.  :icon_rolleyes:
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Publishing Date
« Last post by Post-Crisis D on May 09, 2024, 01:49:37 AM »
For non-pre-orders, I still don't think the time difference explains it.

If I were to upload a book right now, it is already May 9th in Australia while still May 8th in the U.S.  I don't think there is anywhere in the world right now where it is still May 7th.  Yet, I can be reasonably certain that if I were to upload a book right now to Amazon, it will show the publication date as May 7th.

I just checked a world clock and I don't see any part of the world where it is still yesterday.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Publishing Date
« Last post by TimothyEllis on May 09, 2024, 01:24:30 AM »
Yeah, it might be the time difference from Australia to US. I know my preorders are distributed in other countries the day before. My preorder shows the correct date but I published it in the US.

If it goes live from the US, it should show Australia as the next day, not the previous one. But they're all supposed to go live at the same time, where pre-orders release one at a time as midnight comes around for each store.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Publishing Date
« Last post by alhawke on May 09, 2024, 01:19:28 AM »
Pre-orders launch in Australia first, and that's the day before in the US. So my dates are always wrong.
Yeah, it might be the time difference from Australia to US. I know my preorders are distributed in other countries the day before. My preorder shows the correct date but I published it in the US.

Maybe you need to publish it one day before to show the "right date". But if you do that on the next book, watch, it'll probably show the day before. So  :dizzy  :n2Str17:
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Publishing Date
« Last post by Post-Crisis D on May 09, 2024, 01:03:03 AM »
I've never done pre-orders.
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