Searching Inside

I love it when I’m on Amazon and can “search inside” a book. I also like looking at the statistics about the books–they tell you the statistically improbable key phrases, show you a concordance, and publish the text stats. Which is all cool.

I also love Google’s book search. They have all kinds of books there, and they also have links of where to buy the book.

Microsoft once had a Live Search Books, and they’ve discontinued it.

So of course I wanted this for myself–Soul Identity should be available for searching and buying everywhere! Here’s what I went through to get onto these sites.

Google’s book search

  1. Start at Google’s books partner page and register for the program
  2. Add a book – you need your ISBN, title, author. You can even set a “Buy Link”, which can link back to your publisher page (I set mine to lulu.com’s, because I did this before I went live with amazon) Suggestion: Use your ISBN-10. I used my ISBN-13, and I think it confused the system.
  3. Upload the files. Google requires a pdf for the book content, and two jpg files for the front and back covers. They have a good tool for handling the upload.
  4. Wait. My status was “processing” for a long time before it was all there, but after a week, the book was searchable. Check it out here.
  5. Adjust settings. You can decide what %-tage of the book is available for people to read online. I chose 70% – I think they default to 20%. One thing I liked: they don’t include the last couple pages of each chapter in their preview.

Amazon Search Inside the Book

  1. Register with Amazon’s search inside program. Note: I filled out the form when my Amazon processing was still half-baked, and I had to redo it later.
  2. The form calls for entering the ISBN of your book. Suggestion: use the ISBN-10, just like above. Amazon seems tied to ISBN-10 here, just like Google.
  3. You’ll get a welcome email from “Inside the book – submissions”, which will ask you to send a book in the mail, or send them a request for access to an upload web page.
  4. Send an email to “insidethebook-submissions@amazon.com”, asking for an upload account.
  5. You’ll get an email from “SITB PDF Uploads Manager”, which asks you to log in to sellercentral.amazon.com, where you’ll see a special confirmation code.
  6. Log in and get the confirmation code, and reply to the email message with the code.
  7. You’ll get another email from “insidethebook-submission” telling you your account is confirmed.
  8. Log into amazon. You’ll see a prompt on the left for upload pdf’s. Click there.
  9. Upload. Similar to Google, you can upload a pdf of the book content, and jpg’s of the covers. Or you can upload a single pdf which contains the covers and book (this is what I did).
  10. Wait. Amazon says pdf’s take 3-5 weeks, and I just did it today… once it gets there, it should show the “search inside” logo on Soul Identity’s Amazon page…    *note: it’s there now… but the text stats/concordance aren’t :-(

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5 Responses to “Searching Inside”

  1. “the Amazon processing was still half-baked” — Hi Denis I filled out the Amazon SITB form three times but never got a confirmation page. A day later I’m still waiting for a confirmation email. Is that nornal?

  2. i gotta tell you, i also had problems with amazon’s sitb. i had to re-file myself, and now (finally), my page shows up (without the stats, but at least you can get surprised, or read an excerpt). what i did the second time was:
    1) only put text in the book
    2) put separate jpg files for front/back/binding
    3) put them all in a zip file
    4) re-uploaded.

    this time it took amazon 18 days. i also didn’t get a confirmation, but it did work.

  3. Thanks, Dennis. FYI just got this email back:

    “Please be aware that our process for scanning physical books currently takes 8 to 10 weeks from when we receive an approved title to complete. PDF submissions typically take 3 to 5 weeks.”

  4. Woo hoo! Submitted my materials November 5. Searchable on Google November 22 and on Amazon November 23. Still nothing on Microsoft Live but it looks like that feature isn’t a big priority with Microsoft.

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