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    Mr. Darcy
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    Hi. I have a question about reader searches on the B&N website. If a reader does a search for a particular genre of book, say "fantasy dragons," they'll get lots of results. Some have multiple starred reviews/ratings, and some have very few, or even none; there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to why those particular books show up. What generates those results? B&N doesn't use tags, so tag-count isn't the answer. So how is it determined what books are brought up for the search? Obviously I'd love my book to be an option when readers do a search for my genre, but what's the key? Any information would be appreciated.

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    I'd be interested in knowing the answer to that myself, Jena. It seems the only sure way people will find your book is to type it in the search box. Otherwise, you can search for pages and never find it. I know because I've done exactly that.

    Joyce

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    That is true - I sincerely hope they are working on that. It's SO important to be discovered.
    K. A. Jordan - Author of Swallow the Moon, Impressive Bravado, and one opinionated blog Jordan's Croft.

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    Hmm, so we don't know the answer to what drives a search? I'll see if I can ask B&N directly.

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    FYI, my request to the B&N site was not helpful. The answer (which I got eventually) was that results are brought up as a percentage of those that "match the search criteria, in top matching order."

    It seemed to me, in my unscientific experiment on B&N, that the search is more with book title than genre.

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