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Comparing Book Search Engines

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Internet Librarian
Monterey, Oct. 25, 2006

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Comparing Book Search Engines

  1. 1. Comparing Book Search Engines Internet Librarian 2006 By Greg R. Notess, SearchEngineShowdown.com
  2. 2. Contenders <ul><li>Amazon's &quot;Search Inside the Book&quot; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A9 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google Book Search </li></ul><ul><li>Open Content Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>Individual publishers' initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Open Web </li></ul>
  3. 3. Scanned Books <ul><li>OCR Quality Varies </li></ul><ul><li>Full Content Scans </li></ul><ul><li>Huge Collection of Data </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple Editions </li></ul>
  4. 4. Full Text Searching: Books <ul><li>New information source for searchers </li></ul><ul><li>Searching, Not Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Think About Potential Uses </li></ul><ul><li>Limited Access, but Full(?) Search </li></ul>
  5. 5. A9.com and Amazon <ul><li>Both can Search Inside the Covers </li></ul><ul><li>A9: Check Books box </li></ul><ul><li>Search Inside vs. Look Inside </li></ul><ul><li>Currently Published Books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Including Reprints) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Amazon Search <ul><li>Limit to Books Database </li></ul><ul><li>Look for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Search Inside” or “Look Inside” image </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“See more references to. . .” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click here to see additional results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click here to see additional results that may be relevant to your search </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. A9 Book <ul><li>Check ‘Books’ Database </li></ul><ul><li>Larger Retrieval Set </li></ul><ul><li>“See more references to. . .” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leads back to Amazon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Phrase searching works in both </li></ul>
  8. 9. Amazon Viewer <ul><li>Purchase/Read Books Online </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight, Bookmark, Copy, Print </li></ul><ul><li>Add Annotations </li></ul><ul><li>Zoom Option under View </li></ul>
  9. 10. The Google Book Controversy <ul><li>“ The aim of Google Book Search is to help you discover books, not read them cover to cover” </li></ul><ul><li>books.google.com/intl/en/googlebooks/help.html#whylogin </li></ul>
  10. 11. Google Books Search <ul><li>books.google.com </li></ul><ul><li>Scans Books from Publishers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Or Electronic Copies from Publishers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Agreements with Publishers </li></ul><ul><li>No Agreement=Not Included </li></ul><ul><li>. . . Unless . . . </li></ul>
  11. 12. Google Library: Free <ul><li>Part of Google Books Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Plan: Scan 5 Library Collections </li></ul><ul><li>Old, Out of Copyright Books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>books.google.com/books?id=yGZZXIrbUKQC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Freely Available to All </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1922 and earlier </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Google Library: Copyright <ul><li>1923 to present </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Considered Under Copyright </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Even when NOT ! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>books.google.com/books?id=gJdHbAm4pPIC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(Note the incomplete bibliographic data) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Google Books: Access Levels <ul><li>Limited Access (May require logging in) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sample Pages (with publisher agreement) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Snippet View (without agreement) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Full View </li></ul><ul><li>Or No Preview Available </li></ul>
  14. 15. Options in Brief View
  15. 16. Log In Screen
  16. 17. Snippet View
  17. 18. Sample Pages
  18. 19. Full View
  19. 20. Google Books Links <ul><li>To Publisher </li></ul><ul><li>To Book Stores/Shopping Sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ABE, Alibris, Amazon, BN, BookSense, Froogle - (US) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To Open WorldCat + 14 Other Union Cats </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Still not on all books; Separate results </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t works well if meta data is poor </li></ul>
  20. 21. The UMich Option <ul><li>Google Scans in MIRLYN </li></ul><ul><li>mirlyn.lib.umich.edu </li></ul><ul><li>May include full text access of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Government Publications </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use Advanced Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limit: Format “Electronic Resources” </li></ul></ul>
  21. 22. Open Content Alliance (OCA) <ul><li>Announced, Live Later this Year? </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Archive, Yahoo!, O’Reilly, U. Toronto, UC, Microsoft, & more </li></ul><ul><li>Only Out of Copyright Works </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Or Publisher Permission </li></ul></ul>
  22. 23. OCA Availability <ul><li>Since Open: Could be Anywhere </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Books May Well Include </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Superior User Interface Possibility: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Library: openlibrary.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Magnify </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Page turning </li></ul></ul>
  23. 24. Google & Amazon <ul><li>Both Can Have Old Books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amazon: As Reprints </li></ul></ul><ul><li>View Extracts Only, Log In to View </li></ul><ul><li>How Much Depends on Publisher </li></ul>
  24. 25. To Find Specific Books <ul><li>Try Multiple Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Check by title at A9, Google Books, OCA </li></ul><ul><li>Search open Web </li></ul><ul><li>Check publisher sites, Ebrary, Netlibrary </li></ul><ul><li>Look for illegal scans </li></ul>
  25. 26. Open Web <ul><li>Find All Kinds of Out of Copyright Books </li></ul><ul><li>Includes Some Copyrighted Works </li></ul><ul><li>Project Gutenberg (19,000+) gutenberg.org </li></ul><ul><li>Online Books Page (25,000+) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>digital.library.upenn.edu /books </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other nooks and crannies </li></ul>
  26. 27. Search Techniques <ul><li>Phrase search title </li></ul><ul><li>Phrase search from content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Maybe find extract at Amazon or publisher) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Looks for lists of books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Try title with no spaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try author last name </li></ul></ul>
  27. 28. Book Listing Technique <ul><li>QUERYWORD(S) intitle:&quot;index of&quot; &quot;last modified size description&quot; &quot;parent directory&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>(Works in Google & Yahoo) </li></ul>
  28. 29. Publisher Sites <ul><li>May at Least Have TOC or Extracts </li></ul><ul><li>May Give Full Access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Even when Amazon and Google do not </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>nap.edu/books/0309088534/html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compare NAP to Google to Amazon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>May Note Ebook Platform </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Netlibrary, Ebrary, Elsevier, Gale, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  29. 30. Content Search Strategies <ul><li>Again, try A9, Google Books, OCA </li></ul><ul><li>Find Book Record First, If Known </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Then Search Within, If Available </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search for poor OCR </li></ul><ul><li>Try several word combinations or phrases </li></ul>
  30. 31. Who Has Most? <ul><li>Too Varied to Tell </li></ul><ul><li>Each has Unique Content </li></ul><ul><li>Expect Many Changes & New Sources </li></ul>
  31. 32. Questions? Thank you! [email_address]

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