For several years now, the list of matching authors and books that comes up when you run a BookFinder.com search has included "highlighting" -- title words matching the terms you entered are highlighted in yellow, to make it easier to see what matched, and why.
For example, if you search for the title "new japan," you might end up with books with titles like "The New Japan Atlas," "A New Approach to Japan," or even just "New Japan." For each of those titles, the words "new" and "japan" are highlighted in yellow.
I thought I was being all subtle and user interface-savvy when I got it to do that. Apparently nobody cared. (Begin plaintive wail.) I was making an improvement to the code responsible for highlighting, when I asked Wendy her opinion of highlighting. Turns out she'd never noticed it. If Wendy's never even seen it, how likely is it that it's pervaded the consciousness of any of our regular users (the kind that don't work here)?
Is highlighting title words just another uselessly dinky part of the minutae of our user interface, or is it actually useful? Have you actually noticed? Drop us a line, and help us solve our office debate.
Madonna may have reinvented herself as a popular children's-book author, but it's the queen of pop and self-promotion's earlier literary ambition that is still climbing bestseller lists: Her 1992 photo book Sex is the No. 1 best-selling out-of-print book, according to www.BookFinder.com, one of the world's biggest websites for finding used and rare books..."A lot of bestseller lists, half of them will be self-help books, but here it's interesting because it's all the niches that people are interested in. Winston Churchill will never make it to The New York Times bestseller list," [Anirvan Chatterjee] said. "What this does is magnify all the little niches that the big mainstream publishers don't cater to and what Chapters or Barnes and Nobles aren't really selling or pushing in a big way."
The question seems to beg for a punch line: What do Madonna and Winston Churchill have in common? Or, for that matter, Madonna and Hunter S. Thompson? Or Madonna and Sinclair Lewis? Or Madonna and Alice Starmore, a heretofore unknown author of a knitting how-to?
The ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America) has designated part of their website as a "Collector's Corner," featuring resources of interest to book collectors, new and experienced. The subsite features an FAQ, as well as links to resources that can help answer the eternal question: "is this book rare?"