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Subject: I need help excluding fiction
Date Posted: 2/26/2010 3:10 PM ET
Member Since: 11/27/2009
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I only read non fiction and am having a hard time excluding all fiction from my searches. I thought the best way to find the fiction categories was to find the word fiction and select those for my exclude list.  It's not working :/.

Here's my list:

Romance, Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Nonfiction

Which categories am I missing?

Date Posted: 2/26/2010 3:13 PM ET
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Oops. I don't have Non Fiction on my exclude list

Date Posted: 2/26/2010 3:54 PM ET
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Horror, Mystery, Teens.  Maybe children's?

Date Posted: 2/26/2010 9:18 PM ET
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Have you tried going to "Advanced Search" and then going to "Additional Search Terms" and in "Genre" chose Non-Fiction?

Then you should be able to save that search so that anytime you pull it up it'll already exclude fiction.

Date Posted: 2/26/2010 9:50 PM ET
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Except, that excludes a lot of non-fiction also.

History has a lot of non-fiction, but it's a separate genre from "Non-fiction".

Date Posted: 2/27/2010 8:32 AM ET
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Both good suggestions. Thanks.

Didn't think of Horror and Mystery. So, those are both fiction catgories?

I don't want to exclude any non fiction since I'm fairly open about what I'll read as long as it IS non fiction.

Thanks for the help.


Date Posted: 3/1/2010 8:09 PM ET
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Once you decide on specific genres that you want to search regularly, such as Mystery & Thrillers >> Mystery >> Reference which has SOME non-fiction, but you have to sift thru it to find it, but anyway, whatever you set as your search fields, or as your excluded field searches, you can save it so that you can come back and don't have to go thru all the selections again. And of course you can do more than one, maybe one with excludes and one with includes, or others that are more specific all you have to do is set them up and then give them a name and save them.

My favorite way to make sure I'm seeing all the sub-genre is to use the SEARCH>>ALL BOOKS>>BROWSE BY GENRE tab

This lists them all and you can go down each sub-genre to see if it has an subs, and so on, where the Include or Exclude page only goes down two sub-genre. For example the 3rd level of here poultry cannot be reached with the Include or Exclude pages:
Cooking, Food & Wine >> Cooking by Ingredient >> Meat, Poultry & Seafood >> Poultry

Also, under Lit & Fic you have to dig, but there are some non-fiction subs there for example:
Literature & Fiction >> World Literature >> United States >> History & Criticism >> with several choices here.
I believe these are mostly non-fiction unless mis-categorized, and I think the only way to get to the 5th level is on the BROWSE BY GENRE tab

Good thing I said "I think" in the previous statement, because you can get there with the Book Browser page. But, I still think it's easier to see them the other way. But, that's an opinion thing.

EDITED: To keep adding thoughts rather than making new posts :)

Last Edited on: 3/1/10 8:25 PM ET - Total times edited: 4