Amazon farts in usability's general direction

If you aren't aware, has a new(ish) feature where it searches the text of books in its collection as well as searching authors' names and titles. It seems like this should be a big advantage, but it ends up driving me crazy.

How often does one actually want to search on the text in a book? Couldn't they make that part of an advanced search? When I am looking to see if any new Christopher Brookmyre books have been published, I don't want to be bogged down in books in which he has been mentioned.

srah - Monday, 1 December 2003 - 11:42 AM
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gravatar Cheryl - December 1, 2003 - 1:19 PM -

1) I like this new (I don't know if it's really new, but I guess I haven't been here in a while) picture.

2) That is pretty stupid. Maybe they just need indexes. Or something. And I do hate their "Look Inside!"s because the only pages you can really look at are the title page, dedication and maybe a table of context.

gravatar alfie - December 1, 2003 - 1:23 PM -

You can see my hair in the picture. Yippee!

gravatar Urs - December 1, 2003 - 6:11 PM -

oh how icky!

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