Friday, November 14, 2003

Amazon.com Update

I last reported about the fact that you can now search 33 million pages in books at Amazon. Subscriber Patrick M. in NYC pointed out that his local newspaper mentioned that you can only read 20% of any particular book. Thanks for the correction Patrick.

This is still a dynamite research tool. Imagine having 33 million pages in your search index. So what if I can only read 20% of them, I can still search the entire database...and that's valuable. Let's see 20% of 33 million pages is 6.6 million pages. Let's see. At a page a minute, without stopping, going 24 hours a day, it'll only take me 12.5 years to finish. Hope they don't add any more pages in the meantime.

Carl