We have a new, and admittedly long overdue, feature to tell you about. BookFinder.com users can now enter minimum and/or maximum publishing dates to limit your search results. This should make finding specific editions much easier; and additionally while not a specific Print On Demand (POD) filter, it should help users who want to eliminate PODs from search results for older books - Since most PODs have been published within the last 5-10 years limiting your search to books published before ~2005 works reasonably well as a make shift POD filter.
At this point you probably have two questions:
Why didn’t you do this before?
One reason this feature took us so long to implement is that not every bookseller on BookFinder.com includes publishing date as a searchable data-point; when we first considered adding a publishing date filter we would have been eliminating as many as 60% of all books from searches simply because publish year was not a searchable field on many data feeds. However over the years more bookselling sites added this data point to their APIs and data feeds we are now able to roll out this improvement with the knowledge that most of the available books are searchable by publish date. Some websites we search still don’t offer publish date as a searchable field, so you may still find some discrepancy but this should be a minority case.
When are you going to build a full POD filter?
We would love to do it this week, but similar to the publish date quandary described above we are not yet able to offer a proper POD exclusion method that would work while including an appropriately large cross section of books that BookFinder.com searches. We are absolutely aware of how valued POD suppression would be for some of our users, and as soon as we can provide a product which meets our standards we will put it in your hands.
In the meantime hopefully the publishing date filter is helpful. Please let us know what you think of it, if you find any bugs, or if there are other site improvements we can make.
The BookFinder.com team