I finally finished the third book of the Vampire Memories series by Barb Hendee. Since there aren’t any more in this series, yet, I decided to see if the latest in the Kate Daniels series from Ilona Andrews is available. Head over to Amazon, plug in Kate Daniels, click on a random book in the series and look for a link showing the other books in the series. There isn’t one. In fact only the first book is clearly marked even being in a series! Well, that’s Amazon stupidity for you.
Barnes & Noble has that feature, right? Nope. Though they did mark all four books as being in a series. They even got which book each was in the series. An improvement, but certainly not ideal.
Look, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, here’s a clue from a computer geek. Add a table which holds all the book series. Link the books to the series in that table. Then have your website list the other books in the series. Those are probably the easiest sales you will ever get! Sure, it may not seem like a big deal for the two series I mentioned. They number three and four books respectively. But when you start following the likes of David Weber’s Honor Harrington series with its twelve main books, five anthologies and four secondary books it is a chore to track down the latest books.
You have the database. You have the website. Make it trivial!