my own observations

Scot Kamins kamins at dogeared.com
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.


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