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February 24, 2014


Henry Wood

The "awful user experience" on a Kindle looks about the same as you would get reading a printed book and trying to find something - go to the index at the back of the book, search, end up with a list of page numbers. At least Kindle gives you a small extract for each location found, printed books generally do not.

Joe Wikert

Hi Henry. Why should we have to accept the limitations of print when the digital platform has so many more capabilities? Frankly, I think that's one of the big problems in the publishing industry: It's always trying to emulate print in digital. That only limits the results and is one of the reasons I'm so glad so many startups are being created by people *outside* publishing, so we don't limit the possibilities.


I'd amend that to the sorry state of any word-dependent search. Pity some poor soul (me on some occasions) who must look for a term about which he knows little, but that's also the name of: 1. a rock band or 2. some new bit of technology. You'll be flooded with a great pile of hay out in which you must look for that needle. You don't even know enough to come up with limiting terms.

That said, Google search usually does a good job. My gripe lies with the utter sloppiness of Google Books, scans made by poorly paid people who didn't care and entered into a database whose contents shows no awareness of the need for additional information about that book.

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