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Old 06-27-2011, 03:22 PM   #1
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Question Backlist / New Release Notification

This has been asked before, but I still don't have a good site/system for this:

Does anyone have a good centralized-for-all-authors system for email notification when that author has a book come available in eBook form? (By which I mean both new releases and backlists.)

I have several authors that I like and watching them all individually is tedious in the extreme. Just recently I noted by chance that Margaret Atwood's "Alias Grace", "Wilderness Tips", and "Robber Bride" had come available in eBook form in the USA. I'd been running a search for those books once a month or so for almost a year, but realistically it's not convenient to do that for all the authors I like.

Bowker BIP is supposed to have a service that monitors and notifies you whenever a "new book" (including new formats) come available for authors you've searched for, but it's a paid service that I can only access through my work (who apparently has an 'all-employee' account with them) and the search results are exceedingly buggy.

Does anyone have a good system that works? Note that I'm really interested in the "self-maintaining / automation" aspect -- I'd like something that I can tell "Margaret Atwood" or "Of Love and Other Demons" and then I'll get an email when I can buy the book in eBook form. Etc.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:26 PM   #2
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I want the same thing.

http://www.fictfact.com/ (suggested to me by someone here) is as good as I have found, but it only works for series, not authors who write stand-alone books.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:27 PM   #3
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I want the same thing.

http://www.fictfact.com/ (suggested to me by someone here) is as good as I have found, but it only works for series, not authors who write stand-alone books.
Yeah, I've seen that before, but I follow very few series, so it's unhelpful for me. Plus, I want something that monitors "new" backlist releases.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:33 PM   #4
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This is helpful though not exhaustive. most Kindle releases are paralleled by corresponding epub releases elsewhere though not always.

http://newebookreleases.blogspot.com/
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Old 06-27-2011, 04:18 PM   #5
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This is helpful though not exhaustive. most Kindle releases are paralleled by corresponding epub releases elsewhere though not always.

http://newebookreleases.blogspot.com/
But that doesn't seem to be a notification service so much as something I'd have to check every day/week/month/time-unit to see if anyone I recognize is on the list?
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Old 06-27-2011, 04:40 PM   #6
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I've often wished for such a thing, but don't think it exists. FictFact.com, as mentioned above, mostly works for me because the vast majority of what I read *is* series. But for those who don't read series, I don't think there's such a thing yet. Maybe some entrepreneur will see this thread and start one .
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The Sony store allows you to set a notification for a new book by an author.

You need to install and use the Sony Reader Software for this to work.
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Old 07-04-2011, 02:03 PM   #8
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The Sony store allows you to set a notification for a new book by an author.

You need to install and use the Sony Reader Software for this to work.
I assume, though, that the notification is just if that author comes available in the Sony store?
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Yes. But I find that the book lists on Amazon, Kobo, and B&N are similar. Other soruces, especially non-DRM are not.
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