So, we were written up about on this little site today called Lifehacker. There is a new article on the site about how to find free Kindle books.
Ok, ok.. I kid. So, maybe LH isn’t really all that small of a site. Actually, they are very big indeed.
Besides making sure the site stays up for the day, there is one other thing that I am trying to work around.. but there may just not be any way.
When you are a new site that works with Amazon, they throttle / limit the amount of calls that you can make to them.
What this means for you is the site’s search function may not work from time to time.
I’m looking to see what I can do about it, but, just wanted to get this note out there to the people!
Also – the amount of searches I can do reset every hour. So, if it looks like we hit the limit, just come back a little later as I get this all sorted out.
And, last, to all the new readers – hi! Happy to have you! Please let me know any thoughts you have. Good or bad.
I should also add that the new book finding should not be affected by this. So keep checking for new updates throughout the day of new finds!
UPDATE : The searches are overall a little slowed, so, I’m adding some new code to change that. Have a look at the current selection of goodies that were found until the 11AM EST hour when this new fix should be in place!
UPDATE 2 : Looks like the book details is another victim of the lifehackering. If anyone from Amazon happens to be reading this out there, or, you know someone at Amazon, could you ask them to whitelist the site for API searching? Much thanks.
UPDATE 3 : I did get in 11 new books at the 11AM hour so things are starting to get better!
UPDATE 4 : I talked to some awesome people today over email, and I want to share some of the conversations. In a nutshell, for some of you that may be seeing non-free books, make sure you are visiting the .com version of amazon, ala amazon.com when going to check out a free Kindle book. The site bases the information on the US site. Just be sure you aren’t being redirected to a different version (UK etc).
UPDATE 5 : As I read update 4, I’m reminded of something my wife tells me. Two things, actually. One – I talk. A lot. Two – I make things harder than they need to be sounding because of problem number one. Basically, what I was trying to say was *IF* you get flipped to your local Amazon after clicking a book on the site, just replace .uk/.jp/.whatever your local version of Amazon is for now to .com. Make sense?