As of last night, I am one of the four people on Earth for whom Google has lost its mojo. It's old hat. It was quite a romance but the end is near. Google, I still love you but...
I've lost that Google feeling.
Soon, very soon, you will be just another search engine with an ever-changing logo. Microsoft will launch its new MSN Search. Amazon will continue to improve A9.com, and apparently, even the sweet, little, old librarians at my public library will give you a run for your easy-come-easy-go IPO bucks.
It's been one year since Amazon announced it's "Search Inside the Book" initiative to drop tens of millions of non-fiction books into a searchable database and make it available to the public via its dazzling A9.com site. I had heard that the King County Library System’s online “databases” search* was good...um...is good.
So last night, I decided to do a side-by-side comparison of a9.com and KCLS.org to see how good they really are. The results were astounding. I wonder why Google doesn't provide full-text book searches...
Search string: “Configuration Management”Additional Criteria: I was looking for a specific book about SCM.
Some books partially-searchable.
Included a link to excerpts of the specific book I was looking for and a way to buy a hard copy.
KCLS.org (Searching Books24x7 category only)
144 Books returned
All books Fully-searchable
Did not include the book I was looking for but I found one for “free” that meets my needs. These fully-searchable books included titles like:
Software Configuration ManagementJournal: Auerbach Publications 2004Pages: (619)ISBN: 0849319765
A Guide to Software Configuration ManagementJournal: Artech House 2000Pages: (382)ISBN: 1580530729
Interpreting the CMMI: A Process Improvement ApproachJournal: Auerbach Publications 2003Pages: (414)ISBN: 0849316545
Software Configuration ManagementJournal: John Wiley & Sons 1992Pages: (352)ISBN: 0471530492
Software Development on a LeashJournal: Apress 2002Pages: (429)ISBN: 1893115917
Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software SchedulesJournal: Microsoft Press 1996Pages: (647)ISBN: 1556159005