Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Labels, expectations and descriptions

Should we get more product info on the eBooks we buy? The biggest complaints tend to be about swearing, violence, and length.

Here's what we get now:

  • File Size: ??? KB
  • Print Length: ??? pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ???
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: ???
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
  • X-Ray:
    Not Enabled 
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:

It's an odd set. Most readers don't care about file size (beyond 'will it fit on my kindle?' which is a non-issue for most). Equally, publisher won't matter to many. Sold by - who cares? ASIN - like I need to know that?

But what about the important things? How's it told - 1st or 3rd person, past or present tense? Is there objectionable material - sex, drugs, violence, swearing? Has the page count been padded with some other content?

I'd like to see these included as standard - I'm thinking about adding this to my own product pages manually... would readers find it useful?

Language & localization: British English
Style: New Hart's Rules
Point of view: 3rd person past tense
Length: x Kindle Locations
Back-matter length: x pages
Swearing: Yes
Violence: Occasional
Drug references: Yes

Sex: Hot
Other info:
Hall of fame bestseller rank: (a historical highest rank): #1 in X, #50 in Store

We could go further... Protag info,  story structure, elements included, etc. What would you find useful when making a purchasing decision?

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