October 23, 2003
Amazon: Full Text Search of 120,000 scanned books
Amazon introduced a very cool feature today. They have scanned and OCR'd 120,000 books and made the full text available as part of their standard search. If something is found, it also links to the scan of the book it is from for context and all. Super cool and on my couple of tests it worked perfectly including letting me update the attribution for one of my Collected Quotations. There is a Wired article about this as well. Apparently they will keep adding to their database. This could turn out to be a seminal moment in moving the web even more towards its promised land of nearly Universal Research Tool.
Thanks BoingBoing and others for the pointer.
Posted by aarondf at October 23, 2003 05:04 PM
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