Amazin: The NY Times is reporting that is negotiating with major publishers to allow full-text searching of non-fiction books. In short, this would put every word of every non-fiction book online, and, while not allowing users to read the full text online, it would certainly help people find the books they are looking for. A side benefit would be the ease with which this would prevent plagarism. I’m volunteering to be a beta tester of this service as soon as it’s available. To me, this is why the world wide web (gee, I’ve never used that quaint-sounding term before on the rexblog) exists.

While I’m not in the practice of linking “related sites,” I would be remiss not to salute the efforts of pioneers in getting book texts online, including the University of Pennsylvania Library’s Online Book Page and Project Gutenberg.