Track Kindle e-book prices and availability using eReaderIQ
April 18, 2013 | 11:24 am
By Juli Monroe
I’ve seen people mention eReaderIQ on various forums, but I never took the time to check them out until today. Wow, have I been missing out!
The site allows you to track a few things, mainly price and availability on Kindle. They also show freebies, but I’m personally less interested in that since I’ve been disappointed often enough by freebies that I rarely download them anymore. However, if you’re a fan, the site should give you enough to fill several Kindles in a few days.
Let me show you the two features that got me all excited.
1. Track price drops on your Wish List
This feature is so easy to use; I wish I’d found it months ago. Periodically, I stop by my Amazon e-book Wish List to see if any prices have dropped, but I don’t remember very often, and I’m sure I miss temporary drops. eReaderIQ should fix that. You can import your Wish List, specify a notification threshold (I used “price drops by 50 cents”), and they will send you an email when the your threshold is reached. How cool is that? It’s easy to set up, too.
I particularly liked that you can specify an email for your notifications that’s different from your Amazon log in email.
2. Track books as they become available on Kindle
Publishers are finally getting that we want to read back list titles on our Kindles, and every so often I stumble across a book that I’ve been wanting to read that was previously only available in paper. My most recent delighted discovery was the entire John Jakes Kent Family Chronicles. I’ve been waiting for that one as long as I’ve been reading e-books, and that’s almost 15 years now. I accidentally discovered the series on Kindle a few weeks ago, and I’ve been a happy camper!
eReaderIQ could have notified me, and I would have learned about them sooner.
Again, they make it easy to set up. In fact, if you use Chrome, you can install an extension to integrate the feature with Amazon book pages.
I tested the extension on another book I’ve wanted in electronic format for over a decade.
I’m sad that I still have to wait for this one, but at least I’ll know quickly if it’s ever released.
Anyone else use eReaderIQ and want to gush about a favorite feature?