If you haven’t seen it already, the new Kindletrends Dashboard is a really powerful way to dig deep into researching your categories of interest. In this article, I’ll give you a short overview of how you can use it.
First, here’s an introductory video:
To start using the dashboard, click the big blue ‘Open the Dashboard’ button under the Week in Summary section in any newsletter. You’ll see all the information used to make the newsletter you’re reading, uploaded into an interactive online spreadsheet (powered by a tool called Airtable).
- There’s a ‘data’ view, which is basically like a spreadsheet, a ‘Cover Gallery’ view, which shows you all the covers, and a ‘browse’ view which gives you a bit more space so you can see thumbnails and read the start of blurbs.
- On the right you can see a few different charts and tables. There’s a list of popular tags, a price breakdown, and a breakdown by age. The charts and tables are real-time filtered by what’s in the data view: try filtering by a tag (e.g. ‘shifter’) and you should see them update.
- You can click the little ‘x’ on the right-hand side of the screen (it’s a really little ‘x’) to toggle the charts on and off if you need more real estate.
- Finally, you can export things as a text file or just cut and paste stuff. So if you want to read just the blurbs for ‘fated mates’ books above 2.99, you can just filter by that, then scroll over to the blurbs category, select them, and copy and paste them into Word.
As you can tell, this is a pretty powerful tool for augmenting your own research, and I have a heap of ideas about how we can use it; stay tuned.