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May 4, 2005

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Oh Amazon You Cruel Temptress

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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.

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

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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 (http://www.google.com/press/pressrel/print_library.html) to scan and index several libraries worth of books, and now it seems the EU is going to do the same (http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,1564,1566717,00.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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