Monday, June 15, 2009

TitleZ Is Back!

For the past several weeks I have been frustrated and in mourning over the loss of TitleZ, a site that allows you to track and aggregate your books' Amazon rankings. One day it just went down, leaving behind only a simple message that it would return. I worried that it would never happen, given that the site has been in "beta" for several years. I figured it had been abandoned by its creators.

I tried to find a substitute for it, but none of the sites suggested by other bloggers had the power, ease of use, and low price (free) that TitleZ does. So, given that my repeated requests for Bookscan access have fallen on deaf ears for half a decade, I resigned myself to having no daily barometer of sales. And I was bereft. Although Amazon sales are by no means a complete picture of our sales, they were a good indicator of how our PR efforts were impacting things. Also, our trade sales rep appreciated getting top-10-seller reports from me, so that he could compare those results with brick and mortars and look for opportunities.

Just now I discovered that after surviving a nasty virus, TitleZ is back. It lost some data and isn't functioning quite right. But I can at least see my top sellers again. Whew!


Laurence Shatkin said...

It's still screwed up. My top book as author is 50 Best Jobs for Your Personality, which is Amazon-ranked at 38,211, but the top book listed for JIST as publisher is Amazon-ranked at 864,723.

Lori Cates Hand said...

I had that same problem with it yesterday. But it seems to be giving accurate info for the titles that I "saved." I have all JIST titles saved on the home page.

Mark Roy Long said...

hey, this site it really cool. i'd never heard of it before but made a master list of all our titles so we can start tracking them.