Frequently Asked Questions

Subscribing to FictionDB

Login and Registration

Managing My Account

Description of Features and My Books

Book Information

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Site Maintenance


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Subscribing to FictionDB

How do I subscribe?

First you must Register with us. Once you've registered, you can make payment through your Account page.

What is included in the subscription?

By subscribing to FictionDB, you will have access to all of our Premium Features.

How much does it cost?

A subscription to FictionDB is $20 per year. The price is subject to change without notice.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover and Paypal directly from our site at your My Account page. We also accept checks and money orders in U.S. dollars at:
P.O. Box 1481
Torrance, CA 90505

How long do you keep my information after my subscription expires?

All of your account and book detail will be kept indefinitely. However, due to space considerations, we reserve the right to remove your bookshelf if you have not accessed your account within 1 year.

Login and Registration

What if I forget my password?

On the login page, click on Reset My Password. An email containing your password will be sent to your last registered email address. Enter your e-mail address and hit enter.

Managing My Account

What will you do with the information I've given you?

Please read our User Agreement which includes information regarding your privacy. We will not release any of your individual information to any third party.

How do I update my account information?

Your Account page has a link to update all of your account information.

Description of Features and My Books

What are the Premium Features?

The features offered as part of our subscription service include:

  • an advertising-free site
  • access to our advanced search engine.  See below.
  • a bookshelf where you can store all the books that you own, rate them and comment on them.
  • a wish list where you can keep track of all the books you're looking for.
  • an archive where you can store all the books you've read but aren't currently on your bookshelf.

The Feature Comparison Chart

What is Advanced Search?

On the advanced search page, you can find all the books that meet a wide variety of criteria. You can search by:

  • author name or just a piece of it
  • series
  • title or just a piece of it
  • keywords in the synopsis
  • authors who have written spin-offs
  • authors who have written under several different names
  • authors whose books have been reviewed
  • authors who maintain websites
  • authors whose books have won awards
  • authors and series who make up our Cover Gallery

And that's just the start!

What are List 1, List 2 and List 3?

You are given 3 lists to organize your books. The 3 lists are represented by 3 different colored icons throughout the site. The lists show either a plus-sign or a check mark depending on whether the book is on the list. For examples see our tour. To import your books, click here

What do all the little icons mean?

We make extensive use of hover text, so take a minute to let your mouse float over the icons that you see on any page. See our tour.

Can I request a book be added to the site?

Yes. Click Here to suggest a book.

Book Information

I tried to do a search on a book's ISBN and the results showed a different title. What's going on?

When Harlequin bought Silhouette from Simon and Schuster in the late 80's, Silhouette started using Harlequin's ISBN prefix (0373) while Simon & Schuster started reusing the Silhouette ISBNs. Publishers have to pay R.R. Bowker (the exclusve agency responsible for maintaining the ISBN database and issuing numbers) for each ISBN, so they thought they'd save a little money by reusing the numbers originally assigned to the out-of-print booklist. The 0671 series pop up most frequently attached to Star Wars serials that were published in the mid 90s. Smaller publishing houses and self-publishing authors have been known to reuse ISBN numbers also, and occasionally, errors are made when preparing a book for printing, leaving a previously used ISBN on the backcover of a new title.

Printer-Friendly Listings

How can I print the pages from the site?

Highlight the selection you'd like to print with your mouse. Click on File -- Print -- Selection. You can print as much or as little as you'd like.

Site Maintenance

How often is the site updated?

The book detail on the site is usually updated several times a month. Visit our blog to hear about upcoming site outages. However, we reserve the right to make changes at any time that could result in the temporary downtime of the site.