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I apologize if someone already made a thread, but I checked the first three pages. Anyway, I just happened to notice a couple of my short stories were on the top 100 of this new category:

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Kindle-Store-Short-Reads/zgbs/digital-text/8584457011/ref=zg_bs_unv_kstore_2_8584459011_1

and I see HM Ward topping the overall category, so good on her!

Any thoughts? If there's already a thread. stab me in the eardrum with a pencil and link me to it!

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All right, weird... one of my stories is supposed to be #28 on "30 minutes (12-21 pages)" list, but it's nowhere to be found. This particular story is perma-free, and this list looks like all $.99+, so maybe they haven't implemented the free side of the list yet.

Same with another short story (the one from the Konrath challenge haha). It is supposed to be #68 in the scifi "30 Minutes (12-21 pages)" section, but they are all paid, and this story is perma-free as well.
 

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MeiLinMiranda said:
Huh! What are your keywords?
Typical for categories. For the crime one, it's in the crime / organized crime / kidnapping / murder / noir subcats. For the scifi one, short stories / scifi / alien / humor / etc. I've not messed with keywords in a while on either of these books.

I'm thinking this is a new bot trawling all of the ebooks and using the 'estimated number of pages' or the 'paperback # of pages' as a way to automatically assign it a slot:

15 minutes (1-11 pages)
30 minutes (12-21 pages)
45 minutes (22-32 pages)
One hour (33-43 pages)
90 minutes (44-64 pages)
Two hours or more (65-100 pages)
 

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I've got a freebie showing this new catagory drill down tonight too. First thing I did was come here to see if there was any buzz about the new Cat :)



#8 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > 90 minutes (44-64 pages) > Gay & Lesbian
#29 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Gay & Lesbian > Fiction > Lesbian
 

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Same here. When I follow the linku that should show the book at the listed rank, it's nowhere to be seen- prob because it's free right now? Idk. Must be some kinks in the new bots or something.

Still, if it get running right it could be good for all the shorter works out there. Unless they want to segregate them eventually :-(
 

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I doubt they'll segregate. I think (hope) it's more of a way to give exposure to the short stories / novellas. I still show up on the same lists as full-length novels, and I'd rather not see that disappear at all.

I'll probably get creamed for saying it by a few people, but this is another case of Amazon doing what they do best, which is experimenting to see if they make something better.

Unlike B&N, who had two blank covers for my books for almost a month until I finally emailed them and asked them to fix it.

Their reply: go here, do this, do that, blah blah blah.

My reply: You are getting your asses kicked by Amazon because of shit like this. Fix the damn covers yourselves, it's your responsibility since I distribute through Smashwords. Apple has my cover. Sony (had) my cover. Every place that Smashwords distributes to has my cover except you, yet you have all my other Smashwords titles with proper covers. FIX IT.

(yes, my email actually was very rude and very close to the above)

My wife cringed, and yelled at me.

Yet less than eight hours later, both books had covers.

 

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As above, woke up to see two of my freebies in new categories, though nothing in the lists.
I think they're still working out the kinks with the lists, the cats might be gone in a few hours or the freebies might actually have their own lists.

I was wondering why it hadn't given me an increase in sales yet, but the freebies not having their own list yet would be the problem, yeah...

Kpfowler said:
Still, if it get running right it could be good for all the shorter works out there. Unless they want to segregate them eventually :-(
Well, one of mu freebies is still in their regular top 100 category on top of being in these short story lists. So it seems to be okay at the moment.

Magical Roads:
#22 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > 45 minutes (22-32 pages) > Teen & Young Adult
#59 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > 45 minutes (22-32 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
#60 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery

Black Sheep: Letting go of the Past:
#8 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > Two hours or more (65-100 pages) > Gay & Lesbian
#16 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > Two hours or more (65-100 pages) > Teen & Young Adult
 

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I just noticed this too. It put my books at the top of a few categories, while still leaving them on their regular charts, so I've got no complaints. I'll check tomorrow to see if it has an impact on my sales.
 

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Ah, this seems to be the result. 
I don't have a Kindle but read on the app for Android and noticed like two updates ago it started to show "x hours xx minutes left for this book". Show Kindles this too? Seems Amazon grabbed data how long it takes people to read a book and now have enough for these new additional categories. 
Just curious if they do it with their whole catalogue ...

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CeeDee said:
Ah, this seems to be the result.
I don't have a Kindle but read on the app for Android and noticed like two updates ago it started to show "x hours xx minutes left for this book". Show Kindles this too? Seems Amazon grabbed data how long it takes people to read a book and now have enough for these new additional categories.
Just curious if they do it with their whole catalogue ...
They've had that on the kindles for a while, at least since the touch (so, 2012??), and is dependent on your reading speed.
I think they'll only implement this for the short works as this will give people a better idea how long the shorter works are.
 

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Hey, I actually made one of these lists! RED is here:

#70,338 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#49 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales > Fairy Tales
#63 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > 90 minutes (44-64 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy

This is the first time I've ever been "in" on something new. Yay, I can sit at the cool kids' table for a few minutes! :D
 

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I'm pretty sure this is new, unless I just haven't seen it before!

Curiously, my short story, BESTSELLER, is ranked #3 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > 30 minutes (12-21 pages) > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

The only problem is... I can't seem to find it on the TOP 100 list that it's saying I'm ranked in.

Scroll down to my rank to see what I'm talking about - http://www.amazon.com/Bestseller-Short-Story-Gary-Cecil-ebook/dp/B00IQT3RBQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396000231&sr=8-1&keywords=gary+cecil

NOTE: It must be by page number only, because I can assure you, I do NOT have any keywords for this category.
 

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AngryGames said:
I'm thinking this is a new bot trawling all of the ebooks and using the 'estimated number of pages' or the 'paperback # of pages' as a way to automatically assign it a slot:

15 minutes (1-11 pages)
30 minutes (12-21 pages)
45 minutes (22-32 pages)
One hour (33-43 pages)
90 minutes (44-64 pages)
Two hours or more (65-100 pages)
Thanks for the info. Nice way to wake up this morning. ;)
 

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Ooh, I'm on a Short Reads list, too!

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,055 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
#19 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Time Travel
#63 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > 90 minutes (44-64 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
 

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Yay, I finally started a thread where no one blocks me or PM's a mod to ban me!

Still no free list, but that's okay. Like Kia says, could be a free list within hours / a day, or they could scrap the whole thing and two hours from now it's all a smoky, hazy dream and we all wake up in an opium den and it's 1912 San Francisco.

I'm always happy to be on another list (a good list anyway... it isn't fun being on an 'arrest on sight' list).
 
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