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More On the New Amazon Inside the Book Service

From the December 2003 issue of Wired Magazine, this article provides background and details about the development and implementation of Amazon’s new Search Inside the Book service comprised of more than 120,000 books that have been scanned into an electronic archive.

  • “The archive is intentionally crippled. A search brings back not text, but pictures — pictures of pages. You can find the page that responds to your query, read it on your screen, and browse a few pages backward and forward. But you cannot download, copy, or read the book from beginning to end. There is no way to link directly to any page of a book. If you want to read an extensive excerpt, you must turn to the physical volume — which, of course, you can conveniently purchase from Amazon.”
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