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Where Did That Quote Come From, Again?

Perhaps the best new bit of net technology I’ve seen in some time (okay, right after the iPod/iTunes/iTunes Music Store troika) has come to us today from, of all places, full-text content searching of over a hundred thousand of the books in the database. The results give you not simply a list of the books that contain your search string within their text, but the page citation, the context of the quote, and a link to an image of the page on which the string appears.

Should I be surprised that this technology has been developed for a mass marketer of books, rather than, say, a library?


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