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Search Inside the Book - Program Details & FAQsSearch Inside the Book is a program that lets you search and browse millions of books across Amazon.ca. With Search Inside, Amazon search results include matches based on every word inside a book, not just results that match the title or author of the book. It's like browsing a gigantic bookstore with millions of searchable pages at your fingertips.
Read on to learn more about the program, how it works, or to view a list of frequently asked questions. If you are a publisher or author and wish to include your titles in our Search Inside the Book! program, please visit our Publishers' Resource Guide for details.
About the Program
About the ProgramWhat is Search Inside the Book?
Search Inside the Book is a program that enables you to preview and search millions of books at Amazon.ca. Amazon search results include matches based on every word inside a book, not just results that match the title and/or author of the book. It's like browsing a gigantic bookstore with millions of searchable pages at your fingertips.
How do I know if a book is in the Search Inside program?
Books enrolled in the Search Inside program can be easily identified throughout the site by a "Search Inside!" arrow attached to the book cover image. On the detail page, the main cover image is also labeled with a "Click to Search Inside!" arrow. You can also hover over the book cover image and view a search box and set of quick links to explore within the book.
Besides previewing and searching for books, you can use Search Inside to perform a number of different types of searches:
Search Inside the Book launched October 23, 2003.
How It WorksHow do I use Search Inside?
We've built Search Inside into the search function you've always used at Amazon.ca. But your results won't just display books that have your search terms in their title, the author's name, or the keywords provided by the publisher--you'll also see books that contain your search phrase within their text.
Let's say you're interested in finding books about "energy swaps," "grilling peppers," or "transcendental philosophy." Type a phrase in the main search box, just like any other search on Amazon, and click "GO." You'll get a list of the books that contain that phrase in the author's name, the book's title, or the book's text.
Books available for preview can be easily identified throughout the site by a "Search Inside!" arrow attached to the cover image. Once inside the Amazon Reader, you can preview publisher-provided sample pages, browse to linked book sections, or look for all references to a term or phrase.
What will I see when I use Search Inside?
After entering a word or phrase in the search box and clicking the "GO" button, you'll get a list of search results. Below some of the search results, you'll see a book excerpt with your search terms highlighted. You can click on the excerpt's page number to read the entire page on which the excerpt appears. Once you're inside the Amazon Reader, you can browse forward or back within the book or navigate between search results.
We created the images that you see in this feature by scanning pages from actual books, so they are almost exactly what the book will look like. However, the images you see are optimized for viewing on a computer monitor; printed pages usually have a much higher resolution and better quality.
In some cases, pages or parts of pages will be omitted from Search Inside! because of special requests from the publisher or because of copyright restrictions.
If we offer both a paperback and hardcover edition of a book, we typically scan only one version and share the page images between both books, since the text is otherwise identical. If this is the case, we will indicate which version of the book the text comes from.
How to Use the Amazon ReaderHow do I browse through and sample a book?
In the left panel of the Amazon Reader, you'll see a tab marked "Sections." Click the links in this area to view the front cover, copyright, back flap, back cover, or an excerpt.
How do I turn pages in the Amazon Reader?
Click the arrows on either side of the page to navigate to the previous or next page (the arrows will appear when you've scrolled halfway down the page).
What happens if I click the "Surprise me!" link?
Clicking this link will take you to a random page in the book. You'll see a different page each time you click "Surprise me!"
How do I get back to Amazon.ca when I'm done?
Just click the gray portion of the screen outside the Reader window, or use the close box in the top right corner of the Reader. You can also click the book's title to return to the detail page.
Can I adjust the size of the text?
Absolutely. If the default text size is too large or too small, just click the zoom icons to zoom in or out. You can also "grab" the image, or drag and pan when zoomed in.
Can I search for terms inside the book?
Yes. Just enter your words or phrases into the search box in the left margin of the Amazon Reader and click "GO."
How can I search more effectively?
If you're searching for a specific phrase instead of a collection of keywords, put quotation marks around the phrase. For example, searching all books on Amazon.ca for "left-handed pitchers" will bring up a shorter, more targeted list of books than searching for those words without quotation marks.
How do I get to the next search result?
Use the next and previous search result buttons, or select the next search result from the left pane.
Why am I seeing slightly different content for this book?
Some book previews are linked to a related edition of the book that we have scanned. If we offer both a paperback and hardcover edition of a book, we typically scan only one version and share the page images between both books, since the text is otherwise identical. If this is the case, we will indicate the version of the book that the text comes from.
How can I provide feedback, praise, or ideas for improvement?
We value your feedback as an ongoing source of ideas to improve the program. You can use the feedback link at the top right of the Reader for any book. We regret that we cannot respond directly to every piece of feedback.
Frequently Asked QuestionsDo I need to be signed in?
If you are a recognized, registered customer who has a completed order in your order history, you should not have to sign in to view pages.
If you are not recognized as a customer of Amazon, we'll ask you to sign in. Once you have signed in, we'll take you directly to the page you selected.
Because of our agreements with publishers, some features and pages are available only if you are logged into your Amazon account and have made a prior purchase. If you choose not to log in or have not made your first purchase with us, we still provide a helpful set of preview pages within the book.
Are there features I can use without being signed in or without making a purchase?
Yes. These features include the ability to view text-only excerpts from a book and browse sample pages for any book in the program.
Does my purchase need to be a book?
No. Any item sold by Amazon.ca will do. (Digital items and items purchased from another seller through the Amazon site do not qualify at this time.)
Why can't I view more pages from a specific book?
We help our customers discover and sample books to ensure that they'll be satisfied with their purchases. Our agreements with publishers and copyright holders currently limit how much of the book is available for preview. We continue to work with publishers to expand these limits.
I've made a purchase in the past. Why am I being told that my account is not eligible?
There are several reasons why your account may not be eligible:
What does the message "Some images in this book are not displayed" mean?
For some books, the publisher has not given us permission to display images (such as pictures) inside the book. This message lets you know that the images inside this book are not being displayed. We continue to work with publishers to enable rights to display images within the book.
Publishers and AuthorsI am an author or publisher. How can I learn more about participating in the Search Inside program?
Please visit our Search Inside! Program page.