Amazon Book Review Count Now Available

A new feature has been added to NovelRank: Review Count. Now, NovelRank has always actually stored this information, but unlike Sales Rank which is updated hourly, NovelRank never had a system in place to update the total number of reviews for each book. That… is history.

The system will now check, approximately once per month, for 2 things:

  • A change in Review Count
  • A missing or new book image

NovelRank will then update automatically with the new information about the book image or review count and update the book’s info, available on the book details page as well as the User Pages. Please be patient; At current levels, it will take approximately 23 days before every book has been checked at least once! Thanks to user feedback, this was a top requested feature, so I hope this is a step in the right direction (feedback welcome in the comments below).

The next step is to use this new, efficient code to rewrite the Sales Rank checking script to improve its performance, with the goal being to complete it by the end of July as well as launch the sister DVD and Music sites. Stay tuned to the blog for an important post soon.

Update July 7, 2010
I’ve pushed through the script to complete checking every book at least once so it was done in 3 days instead of 23 days. I’ve also increased the speed so that currently it is around 19 days between checks. Thus, all review counts should now be up-to-date. If not, be patient… it will be in less than a month.

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