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About Search Inside the Book

Search Inside the Book! is a programme that lets you search and browse millions of books across Amazon.co.uk.

With Search Inside, Amazon search results include matches based on every word inside a book, not just results that match the title or author of the book. It's like browsing a gigantic bookstore with millions of searchable pages at your fingertips. We help our customers discover and sample books to ensure that they'll be satisfied with their purchases. Our agreements with publishers and copyright holders currently limit how much of the book is available for preview. We continue to work with publishers to expand these limits.

If you're a publisher or author and wish to include your titles in our Search Inside the Book! programme, please visit our Publishers' Resource Guide for details.

Books enrolled in the Search Inside programme can be easily identified throughout the site by a Look Inside! arrow attached to the book cover image. On the detail page, the main cover image is also labelled with a Click to Look Inside! arrow.


  • Because of our agreements with publishers, some features and pages are available only if you're logged into your Amazon account and have made a prior purchase. If you choose not to log in or haven't made your first purchase with us, we still provide a helpful set of preview pages within the book.
  • There are several reasons why your account may not be eligible for Search Inside the Book!:
    • If your purchase is recent, it may not have dispatched from our Fulfillment Centre. You must have a completed order in your order history, and an order is not complete until all of the items in the order have dispatched.
    • Digital items and items purchased from sellers through the Amazon site do not qualify at this time.
    • If you recently created a new Amazon.co.uk account, your order history may have remained with your old account.
  • We created the images that you see in this feature by scanning pages from actual books, so they are almost exactly what the book will look like. However, the images you see are optimized for viewing on a computer monitor; printed pages usually have a much higher resolution and better quality.
  • In some cases, pages or parts of pages will be omitted from Search Inside! because of special requests from the publisher or because of copyright restrictions.
  • If we offer both a paperback and hardcover edition of a book, we typically scan only one version and share the page images between both books, since the text is otherwise identical. If this is the case, we will indicate which version of the book the text comes from.

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