Yesterday, Amazon searches were not pulling up Lauren Southern’s new book Barbarians: How Baby Boomers, Immigrants, and Islam Screwed My Generation.
At the time of these screenshots, it was already marked by Amazon as a BESTSELLER on the US Amazon site:
Now observe what happens when I searched for “Lauren Southern” (without quotes), in All categories:
Some random Lauren, a cookbook, T-shirts, etc.
How does the author’s native 🇨🇦Canada🇨🇦 do? No quotes around name:
Much better here!
Before I finished this post, a search (without quotes) for “lauren southern” on the US Amazon site started giving a prominent result on the first page for her new book. But “lauren southern” with quotes still did not find the book.
A search for another author in quotes for comparison:
I’m not sure what caused these search problems. But whatever the reason, having messed up search results for a new bestseller on one of the biggest retail sites, for even part of day (especially right before Christmas) can have a big impact on sales. So even if its just incompetence, its a disgrace for Amazon. And if its intentional that’s even worse.