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.

I am pretty much searching for books 24/7, whether I’m 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.

Happy reading!

<3 Lola

 

Why DuckDuckGo is the best search engine for authors, readers & writers
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