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Post by Rowan » Thu May 26th, 2011, 9:00 pm

Can anyone share with me some tips on how to tell if a book is historical non-fiction or historical fiction? Amazon doesn't list it, so how do I know?
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Post by Susan » Thu May 26th, 2011, 9:53 pm

[quote=""Rowan""]Can anyone share with me some tips on how to tell if a book is historical non-fiction or historical fiction? Amazon doesn't list it, so how do I know?[/quote]

If it's a fiction book, Amazon usually lists ": A Novel" after the title.
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Fri May 27th, 2011, 10:05 am

I don't see the "a Novel" bit on most Amazon listings.
If you scroll down to the bottom of the listing, you should see "Look for Similar Items by Category", where it shows how this book has been categorised by Amazon. Of course, this is not guarantee, but I find they tend to get the distinction right in most cases.

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Post by Mythica » Fri May 27th, 2011, 1:48 pm

They do indeed list the categories the book is under (though it may be the publisher who selects the categories). Just scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says "Look for Similar Items by Category".

Edit: Oops, sorry, didn't see this was already mentioned, I'm not feeling 100% today.

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Post by Divia » Fri May 27th, 2011, 9:58 pm

I normally tell by the description. Usually story summaries will be more flashy. Also you can tell by the cover. Although the latest book on Cleopatra has a spiffy cover that looks like fiction(its the back of the lady's head)

Is there a title you are trying to figure out? Maybe we can help. :)


Also you can narrow your search. I think if you go on the left side and click on fiction or literature you find your fiction books. If you want nonfiction you can type biographies or something like that.
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Post by Susan » Fri May 27th, 2011, 10:18 pm

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]I don't see the "a Novel" bit on most Amazon listings.[/quote]

I checked on Amazon UK and I did not see ": a Novel" after titles, but it is on Amazon USA.
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Post by Rowan » Mon May 30th, 2011, 3:03 pm

Thanks Ladies. :) I'll give it a go. Usually, I have the title and will look it up on Amazon to see the price, etc. and sometimes don't have a clue if it's fiction or not.

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Post by Ash » Tue May 31st, 2011, 11:53 pm

Google the title. A description should be the key.

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Post by Veronica » Wed June 1st, 2011, 12:05 am

I have the same problem with Amazon and can't understand why they don't mark NF and fiction more clearly..
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Post by Divia » Wed June 1st, 2011, 12:40 am

[quote=""Veronica""]I have the same problem with Amazon and can't understand why they don't mark NF and fiction more clearly..[/quote]

Do the other book websites? LIke B&N? Just wondering.
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