my own observations

Scot Kamins kamins at
Tue Feb 5 19:26:53 EST 2002

At 5:37 PM -0600 2/5/02, Buck Lawrence wrote:
>As of right now, e-bay is returning about 160 titles, of which only 
>about two or three are the quirky "modern aviation library" etc. But 
>by using the above, I have never received any of this miscellaneous 
>non-modern library "stuff" that  seems to have triggered  these 
>rather heated postings of late.

Hi Buck,

Yes, you get 160 titles if you query "Modern Library." This does a 
top-level search, looking at just the title.

The problem comes when you check the box just below the search field, 
"in titles & descriptions." Doing it that way returns 411 items, and 
herein lies the problem.

You search content as well as titles because many listers are not 
Modern Library specialists; they're focusing on the book topic or 
title or author, and to them the fact that the book is published by 
ML is secondary. So searching content gets a wider series of hits for 
ML books. This strategy is defeated, however, by spurious hits on 
internal advertising of the "We also carry..." nature.

Scot Kamins
Maintaining the Modern Library Collecting Website at
which (in turn) is supported by The Pavilion City Mall at

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