my own observations
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.
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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