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Google starts to search into books

     
6:55 pm on Dec 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Since some hours ago, Google is offering a new service:
Google Print

google-blog.d i r s o n.com/post.new/0065/

7:40 pm on Dec 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Great find. Very interesting, but not too surprising. The detail page (when you're reading a book excerpt) is interesting -- you lose the Google logo and design 'shell' and get an all-text page.

Looks like every detail page has links to buy the book at Amazon, B&N, or Books-A-Million. There are some sponsored links down at the bottom of the detail page, but not on all searches. There's a "Google Print FAQ" link at the bottom which states:

On Google Print pages, we provide links to some popular book sellers that may offer the full versions of these publications for sale. Book seller links are not paid for by those sites, nor does Google benefit if you make a purchase from one of these retailers. In addition, these pages show contextually-targeted AdWords ads that are served through the Google AdSense program. During the initial phase of this beta test, advertisers will not be charged for clicks they receive on these pages, and neither Google nor the publishers with whom we work profit from these ads.
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During the initial phase of this beta test...

But after that, the sky is the limit! ;)

9:00 pm on Dec 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Real nice find, directly gona compete with Amazon's "search inside the book"

More about it:
[print.google.com...]

9:04 pm on Dec 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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No suprises here. G is making right moves at the right time..Very impressive indeed.
9:46 pm on Dec 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>directly gona compete with Amazon's "search inside the book"

Not really competing (not yet).

As i understant it, print.google.com is based on selected publishers and authors (~6.300 pages [google.com] in the current beta?) whereas Amazon's book search is based on more than 30 Mio. pages.

And Amazon is listed as merchant on every excerpt page at print.google.com. I don't think they'll have a problem with it (not yet).

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And the print.google pages aren't quite <ahem>optimized</ahem> as yet. For titles I confirmed are in the print.google index I found it almost impossible to come up with a SERP that includes a print.google result. Tried about 10 and only one popped up in position 20, and that after putting the title in quotes.

Unless it's going to markedly change over time best bet might be to include it as a feature, such as Froogle, or another tab (they still have a bit of room).

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jimbeetle, I think it clearly needs to evolve markedly over time. Looking at the main page [print.google.com] makes me think this must be a Beta of the Beta. :)

It also reminds me of my phone bill....

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>>a Beta of the Beta

Snicker, snicker :)

 

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