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May 4, 2005

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Oh Amazon You Cruel Temptress


I’ve seen Amazon’s new “statistically improbable phrases” feature noted elsewhere; however I haven’t seen anyone mention their new(er?) text stats summary.

It includes, for every book, the Gunning Fog Index (remember that?) as well as more run-of-the-mill stuff like number of characters, words, etc. Cute touch: They also compute words-per-dollar — for comparison shopping, clearly.

Anyway, this reminded me of the fact that Amazon has scanned and digitized sooo many books.

And I realize this is unrealistic, but I would just like to say, for the record, that I wish to have immediate access to all of those digital books for some (perhaps unreasonable) monthly fee.

You may display the books on my Librie if you wish.

Posted May 4, 2005 at 11:11 | Comments (1) | Permasnark
File under: Media Galaxy


I'd never heard of Amazon's SIPs until now. It sounds interesting, even inovative, although I'm not sure of the usefulness of it. I understand the Fog Index.

I'm sure you know that Google has plans ( to scan and index several libraries worth of books, and now it seems the EU is going to do the same (,1564,1566717,00.html). Anyway, I guess this brings us closer to your Googlezon, or maybe EURGoogleZon...

Negotiating a deal to provide monthly subscriptions to all the works sounds ominous. On one hand I wonder who or what could grant unrestricted access to all of that information, copyrighted or not. On the other hand, if you were to walk into a public library you would have it, without a fee. Doesn't this all equate to an online public library? I think before long you will be able to "check out" whatever you'd like to and download it on your Librie -- iWords as opposed to iTunes?

Posted by: Terrence on May 6, 2005 at 02:41 PM
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