Using Amazon’s Advanced Search Feature for Books

Searching online for books isn’t as easy as browsing through most large bookstore’s shelves. In a bookstore, you can easily find the Mystery section, or Sci-fi, or Fantasy. And while Amazon has many more genres than even the largest bookstore, finding new books can be… difficult, if not time consuming.

There’s a little-known feature on Amazon that might help. It’s called Advanced Search. Let’s take a look.

1. Go to

2.  Click on the drop-down arrow next to the word All

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3. Select Books and click on Go located at the end of the search bar. This presents you with a different screen with the words Advanced Search in orange just below the search bar.

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4. Click Advanced Search, and viola!

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As you can see, there are bunch of ways to find new books. For example, let’s say you’re looking for best-selling horror novels from Amazon’s YA publishing house, Skyscape. Type in haunted house in the keyword field, select best sellers, and enter the publisher: Skyscape.

Of course, few of us search by publisher, and naturally I’ve skewed the search so you’ll see The Haunting Season. Still, you get the idea. And if you didn’t know that Amazon is also a traditional publisher like Harper Collins and Random House, now you do! They have a great selection of books, and they have imprints that match certain genres, which makes narrowing down your search SO much easier. Skyscape is the Young Adult imprint. 47North is their adult sci-fi/horror/mystery imprint. Thomas & Mercer is their mystery/thriller/suspense imprint. Go check them out.

Even without entering the publisher as a filter, there are a ton of ways to find great new reads: refine by price, date, average customer review among others.

Do you already use the Advanced Search feature? If so, I’d LOVE to hear how you use it and what keywords you use to find new books to read. Please leave me a comment below.

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