I’ve been playing around with new search engines, and after a few disappointing trials, I discovered that DuckDuckGo is the best possible search engine for authors, readers, and writers.
We are pretty much searching for books 24/7 at Ink Monster, whether we’re checking prices or summaries, or just looking for something new to read : ) This means tons of searches on all the book retailer pages. I feel like I’m searching for the same books over and over and over again, and with my decrepit laptop, that is both slow and frustrating going.
If I want to see Aileen’s books on Kindle, I Google “amazon aileen erin” to get a boring page of this:
But if I search using DuckDuckGo, I get:
A scrolling carousel of books at the top of the results?!
And it gets better. DuckDuckGo uses shortcut codes called bangs. The bang for Amazon is !a, so if I search “!a aileen erin” I bypass the search engine interface and go straight to the Amazon search results, which are exactly what I wanted to see:
This is SO SO SO convenient! And there are bangs for every book site you could possibly want.
The most important DuckDuckGo bangs for readers and writers are:
- !a – Amazon
- !bn – Barnes & Noble
- !itunes – iBooks
- !kobo – Kobo
- !gb – Google Books
- !gr – Goodreads
So instead of going to Goodreads to look up my books, I can use “!gr lola dodge” and go straight to this magic:
It is a wonderful thing.
I basically can’t recommend DuckDuckGo enough and I hope you’ll start using it as your default search engine because it makes browsing for books SO. MUCH. EASIER. #cometotheduckside
Also, not a sponsored post ; ) I just love to share things I love.