Thursday, October 11, 2012

Amazon Announces New Feature - Author Rankings

Amazon Sales Rankings already give authors an excuse to not write. Compulsive checking of our books Amazon Sales Rankings takes up too much time of too many authors.

Somebody at Amazon has a warped sense of humor. Now Amazon has announced it ranks its authors as well. You can even check your status on a daily basis in the form of a graph depicting your rise and fall in the author rankings.

Great. One more thing I will feel and obsessive compulsion to check daily. I can't help it. I am a highly competitive person with a need to be Number One!

I have no clue how this is supposed to help anyone make decisions about buying books, or market books, but I guess it is one more metric Amazon can throw out there for authors and readers alike to examine as part of the shopping/marketing process.

From Amazon itself:

"Today we have added a new feature, Amazon Author Rank, the definitive list of best-selling authors on Amazon.com.  This list makes it easy for readers to discover the best-selling authors on Amazon.com overall and within a selection of major genres.

Amazon Author Rank is your rank based on the sales of all of your books on Amazon.com.  Just like Amazon Best Sellers, it is updated hourly.  The top 100 authors overall and the top 100 in selected genres will be displayed on Amazon.com.  You can see your Amazon Author Rank trended over time in Author Central.

You can find your Amazon Author Rank in Author Central under the Rank tab.  Historical rank data is available from September 28, 2012.

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