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Alexandra

Search tips for Amazon

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If you've ever searched for "ballet" books on Amazon, you have noticed that for every adult book, you will get a dozen Angelina Ballerina books. Now, books for kids are very important, but sometimes one would like to find the books that are NOT for kids.

I wrote Amazon and asked if they could do a non-children's filter (only fair, since you can search for 8 year olds, 12 years olds, etc.) I got this response:

Although there are no general ways to screen out juvenile books, you can do so using a "Power Search." To conduct a Power Search, click on the "Search" link in the top (green) crossbar of any Bookstore page.

Then scroll down to the bottom of the page. I conducted the

following Power Search to obtain the results you're looking for:

subject: ballet and not juvenile

For more information about Power Searching, please see:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/468558/

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Tip 2, that I posted on another thread.

You can sort results in a search for "ballet" (or anything else) by date of publication. This is a fun way to find out what books have not yet been published and their expected publication date.

I'm going to make this a sticky. If people find other search tips, please post them.

And please remember that if you are going to buy books through Amazon to click on the link that's conveniently located at the top of every page of this site. We get a 5% commission if you buy from Amazon, and half that if you buy from Amazon affiliates. You have to enter the site through our banner at the beginning of each shopping session for us to get credit for it.

Thank you :)

Alexandra

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When you search, you can put quotation marks around a phrase, so the search will be for "exact phrase," rather than "both words" but not in order. For example, "modern dance," "ballet biography."

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