Amazon is the mecca for readers of all kinds, and it is fast becoming one of the world’s most innovative publishers. So it has turned itself into a place for authors and readers to interface. Few others do it so successfully and with such apparent ease. The facilities Amazon offers make it the online traffic cop for books. It’s where people look first for direction. If a book is not on Amazon, it’s virtually invisible. Whether or not people make actual purchases there, it’s where they go to seek books. One way they look for the next thing to read is on Listmania!
In an age where the sheer quantity of available reading material can be overwhelming, readers like recommendations of different kinds. Listamania! is where lots are to be found. Recommendations in list form are rather special, because they group books by certain criteria. They can save time, they can prevent confusion and disappointment, and they can introduce a reader to new books and authors, sometimes in unusual combinations.
In brief, Listmania! is the place on Amazon where one can find lists of books grouped by subject, theme, topic, location or style. If you like books about Venice, for instance, you can hop over to Listmania!, put “Venice” in the search box, and you are presented with several lists, compiled by different Listmania! aficionados, of books whose central location is Venice. Fiction, non-fiction, reference, history, academic, geographical … the “list”, as they say, is almost endless.
You can add titles to your wish list or purchase immediately, scribble down titles, share with friends, and totally enjoy what you find.
Try it – but beware. It has the engaging quality that can keep you absorbed for hours without reading a single book! The lists are fascinating in themselves, and Listmania! compilers sometimes offer their reasons for grouping certain books together. They also write helpful descriptions and notes.
Can anyone compile a Listmania! list? Yes – any Amazon member can put together a group of at least four titles, give it a name, such as “Books about clowns” or “My Childhood Favorites” and post it. Starting one of these lists can turn a boring afternoon into a fascinating Amazon search for books that can be grouped together. I have compiled a few, one of which is “Books about priests in love”, and another “Fiction about Malta”. They are both topics I find fascinating, and about which I have written books.
Yes – authors often use Listmania! as a way to promote their own titles while grouping them with similar books. It is clever, discreet and effective. It is free, and only requires a very enjoyable afternoon to do. All an author needs is to think of a group of books that can neatly include one or more of their own titles.
To make a Listmania! list, go to one of my lists, such as “Six books that would make great movies”
Note how I have compiled and annotated mine. At the bottom of the page, you will find a link that says “Create a Listmania! list” – click on that and let Amazon walk you through the process. Be careful – this can be too much fun. It can also become a great way to let your readers know exactly how your titles fit into the grand scheme of things, when they are seeking great reading material.
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ROSANNE DINGLI, author of Death in Malta and According to Luke, has compiled a number of Listmania! lists, and often uses the lists of others to seek good reference books, interesting fiction, or more of the same in a particular genre or category. Find all her Listmania! lists here.
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