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Thursday
Nov292012

No More Tagging on Amazon!? What are They thinking?

In yet another weird attempt to shake up how books are categorized, amazon.com has, as of November 7th, 2012, removed the tagging option from product pages? This, in my opinion, has to be one of their dumbest moves since the release of Kindle Serials. After many complaints by authors, the only explanation from amazon.com is that it's a test, due to the fact that tagging is rarely used by authors and companies. Really? Out of the MILLIONS of products that are slathered in tags, this is a useless option for marketing on the Amazon platform!? Something stinks, I say, and I wonder if Amazon has received pressure from higher up companies complaining of the growing competition of the self-published author and smaller publishing houses.

No fear, as I've yet to see tagging disappear on Kindle. I recently tagged my own books, Sing Out Loud Books I-IV, and I've also heard the tagging option is still visible via Firefox, though I cannot attest to this fact considering I'm a Chrome user.

Not to fear, young authors, as there is a way around it, well, to a point. You can modify your own pages, and make your book descriptions tag heavy now that Amazon has loosened the reins on what can and cannot be done via your own author profile.

So, hang tight, and we'll see just how awful this huge mistake turns out to be. Hopefully, Amazon will realize the error of their ways, turn back time, and quit trying to reinvent the wheel.