Starting today, every word (33 million) in ALL the books (270,000) sold at Amazon.com can now be searched word for word.
File this under technologies used to implement more sales and better service to the end user aka marketing at work for you.
posted by omidius
on Oct 23, 2003 -
"Amazon's practice does damage to the publishing industry, decreasing royalty payments to authors and profits to publishers. In time, as we pointed out to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos when it first began this practice over a year ago, the financial loss to the industry could affect the quality and diversity of literature made available through booksellers. If profits suffer, publishers will cut their investments in new works, and authors facing reduced advances and royalties will have to find other ways to earn income. "