If you’re searching for erotica (or erotic romance) on Amazon.com, chances are you’re missing out on a chunk of titles without even knowing it. Read on to find out how (and maybe a little of why).
If you’re an erotica author, this post isn’t for you–you should already know about Amazon’s nebulous policies regarding publishing and how they can have a huge impact on your sales (and if you don’t, then you must read Selena Kitt’s Survival Tips for the Pornocalypse). My post is for readers and consumers searching for sexually titillating tales for their Kindle, and a few things you probably didn’t know are limiting your ability.
First and foremost, when you’re searching for erotica (and I use this word in the most general sense–erotic romance also applies), if you’re searching “All Departments” (that little drop-down to the left of the search bar, see the image above), then you’re not getting the full results. This is because Amazon marks certain books with what’s commonly referred to as the ADULT filter. Books marked ADULT will not appear in an All Department search. (more…)