Update: Amazon has made API changes that have nuked the ability to search free books (unless you do it at amazon itself or via the Kindle). The site still works for non-free books.
I’ve been pretty unwell the last 3 days – However, I did get some time before that to create a simple tool to Search Kindle Books + Free Kindle Books in the Kindle Store. Its at bookmonk dot com. As long as it’s helping people I intend to keep adding functionality.
Here’s what the tool lets you do –
- Search Kindle Store by keywords.
- Search through just free books in the Kindle Store. Its a much better method than anything else I know of. It includes free public domain books, and also free books on offer (leave the search field blank and press ‘free books’).
- Search Print Books.
Update: There’s a bug where every 5 or 6 searches you’ll get no results for a search, even though there should be. Just search again if you don’t get the results you expect.
I’ve tested it on the iPhone simulator at www.testiphone.com and would appreciate feedback and suggestions. It ought to work from Kindle 2 and Kindle 1 too (can’t test it as I’m in Vancouver, Canada at the moment).
At the moment the two tools are identical. However, I’m going to take the main one and add in a lot of features and try to make it prettier. The iPhone Tool I’m going to keep as simple as possible.
Please take a look and send me your feedback, and what additional features you’d like to see. In particular, would you like the option to show smaller cover images and/or bigger cover images?
Thanks for your help.