Monday, December 17, 2007


Amazon's Author Search Needs Improving

When looking for a book by Thomas Moore - the author of popular spiritual books including the New York Times best seller, Care of the Soul (1993), Amazon also lists "Utopia" by Sir Thomas Moore, who died in 1535.

I know that Amazon is not able to tell which Thomas Moore I was searching for. But when I find the Thomas Moore I am after, I would like to see just books from that specific Thomas Moore.

Currently Amazon cannot tell one from the other. It might be too difficult to achieve using a computer algorithm. But it could be done manually, and even if they did just the most searched for authors, manually created authors' biographies and bibliographies would add real value to Amazon as a great book resource. Maybe they could make a wiki of authors?


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