Monthly Archives: October 2003

Amazon.com is in the process of digitizing 120,000 books, and making the FULL TEXT searchable online. The kicker? You can't access the entire book digitally…just the pages that are returned for your search. This is in an attempt to increase the utility of their commercial venture. So….it could be better, but the utility will still be incredible.

Full story from Wired….here's an excerpt:

“Amazon's Alexandrian scheme hinges on the insight that physical books can be turned into electronic databases and then – in the retail process – turned back into physical books. This is one of the boldest maneuvers yet in an intense commercial competition, but for all its cunning, this is a civilized, even civilizing war, one that builds libraries rather than burns them. “

Incredibly cool project from Amazon…

Amazon.com is in the process of digitizing 120,000 books, and making the FULL TEXT searchable online. The kicker? You can’t access the entire book digitally…just the pages that are returned for your search. This is in an attempt to increase the utility of their commercial venture. So….it could be better, but the utility will still be incredible.

Full story from Wired….here’s an excerpt:

“Amazon’s Alexandrian scheme hinges on the insight that physical books can be turned into electronic databases and then – in the retail process – turned back into physical books. This is one of the boldest maneuvers yet in an intense commercial competition, but for all its cunning, this is a civilized, even civilizing war, one that builds libraries rather than burns them. “

Fall Break

And finally….Fall Break. All I can say is: About fucking time.

Not that there's a break there. We're gonna do a little travelling, probably to Busch Gardens in VA.

Also, a list of things to do over break:

  • Get recommendations for jobs lined up and sent to Career Services
  • Start outline of Master's Paper
  • Watch a lot of movies with Betsy
  • See friends
  • Work on projects for classes
  • Finish Quicksilver
  • Read articles for INLS 180

Fall Break

And finally….Fall Break. All I can say is: About fucking time.

Not that there’s a break there. We’re gonna do a little travelling, probably to Busch Gardens in VA.

Also, a list of things to do over break:

  • Get recommendations for jobs lined up and sent to Career Services
  • Start outline of Master’s Paper
  • Watch a lot of movies with Betsy
  • See friends
  • Work on projects for classes
  • Finish Quicksilver
  • Read articles for INLS 180