Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Amazon Search

You may have heard that Amazon now lets you search for particular words in the full text of many recent books, and view excerpts. This is an amazing service, turning up books I would never have found otherwise. A search for "Simputer" turns up the following items.

Walking the Talk: The Business Case for Sustainable Development -- Chad Holliday, et al; Hardcover

Excerpt from page 199: "... a battery-powered device called the Simputer, short for 'simple computer', used ..."
See more references to simputer in this book.

Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution -- Glyn Moody; Hardcover

Excerpt from page 318: "... open source project called the Simputer-from SIMPle compUTER-succeeds. As a ..."

The Global Information Technology Report 2002-2003: Readiness for the Networked World -- Soumitra Dutta (Editor), et al; Paperback

Excerpt from page 180: "... that inventions such as the Simputer and corDECT offer enormous potential ..."

This service isn't perfect. If you go to the first hit, you get a graphic of the page, often in type too small to read. If you click on the link to see more references, you get short text snippets, which are easier to read but less informative overall.

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