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Thursday, November 25, 2004

Amazon linking to cited books

Amazon has started linking to cited books. T.J. Sondermann points us to the example of David Weinberger's Small Pieces Loosely Joined. When you look at Amazon's page on the book, you see that Weinberger cites 14 other books. Amazon lists the 14 and links to the Amazon pages on each. When the cited book participates in Amazon's Search Inside the Book program, then Amazon also links to the individual pages containing the citations. (PS: It's curious that this useful service appeared just a few days after the launch of Google Search, which points users to citing --not cited-- works. But it's unlikely that Amazon could have put this together in just the last week. However, now that both services exist, let's see whether competitive pressure nudges Amazon to go beyond cited books to citing books, and Google to go beyond citing works to cited works.)