Unwelcome Opacity

locked book A great badness has entered the world; or rather, a great goodness has left it. (Well, Augustine would say those come to the same thing.) I notice that Amazon.com seems to have entirely eliminated its “Look Inside” and “Search Inside” options.

When did this happen? Why did this happen? Anybody know?

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6 Responses to Unwelcome Opacity

  1. chiggle February 20, 2008 at 5:09 pm #

    I think you must be mistaken.

    I used “Look Inside” earlier today.

  2. Administrator February 20, 2008 at 6:38 pm #

    Well, it’s gone on all the books I looked at that used to have it, and I couldn’t find one that had it. What book did you look at?

  3. chiggle February 20, 2008 at 8:06 pm #

    This is unbelievable. Just this morning, I was using the “look inside” feature without trouble. I was looking at books on the philosophy of education (edited) by Randall Curren, Eamonn Callan, Harry Brighouse, Joy Palmer, Nel Noddings, etc.

    But now I go to Amazon and I find, to my horror, that you are right. Ugh.

  4. bill February 20, 2008 at 9:21 pm #

    Some books still have it but it does seem many no longer do. For Whom the Bell Tolls is one that still has it.

  5. Administrator February 20, 2008 at 9:51 pm #

    I first noticed this yesterday, but from chiggle’s testimony some of it was done today, so the evil seems to be spreading in waves through Amazon’s website. I bet For Whom the Bell Tolls will go in due course. [Let me look. Yup, it’s gone already.]

    My first thought was that it was some IP issue, but now it occurs to me that perhaps it’s connected with Amazon’s marketing of Kindle.

  6. Larry Ruane February 22, 2008 at 1:13 am #

    Try http://books.google.com/

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