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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 0:21   #1
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Default Book review search engine

It's surely bizarre that while movie fans and music buffs have their own highly capable search sites that give more information than you can shake a stick at about who played what when (imdb.com) or what was reviewed where (mrqe.com) there doesn't appear to be anything like that for books. Is there really nowhere I can go to find out what all the critics whose words are public on the web think about a given book? Has anyone found a search engine tailored for this purpose?
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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 1:51   #2
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I haven't myself, david, but I too would be really interested in a serach engine like that... so I'm going to bump this topic back up in case someone who knows of one hasn't seen it!
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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 10:50   #3
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It would certainly be a mammoth task to take on. I have been working slowly through the net picking up every article I can find on just one author, who has only published four books and is relatively unknown, and it's taking forever.
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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 11:30   #4
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Default I know it can be done...

The only way to do it on an ongoing basis would be by some kind of automation. You could find where new book reviews on selected websites tend to be and search the text of reviews for book names and author names. But it's probably not worth the effort it would take to do the same thing by hand.

Still, a site like this is a good alternative. Any of you used to use inkspot? It was run by a friend of mine.
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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 11:51   #5
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I havent heard of inkspot, David.

Your use of the past tense would presumably mean there isn't an URL you could post?
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Old 22nd Aug 2003, 12:01   #6
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Default Alas poor inkspot...

Yet another victim of the dotcom boom/bust. It is no more - the last copy of the site available can be seen here:

http://web.archive.org/web/200101300...w.inkspot.com/

Here is an epilogue by my friend who started it all:
http://www.electricpenguin.com/inkspot/

It seems the discussion fora she ran (about being a writer rather than about writers) still exist here: http://www.writersbbs.com/inkspot/
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"Fora"! A pedant after my own heart! Welcome aboard...
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told you Wavid. Would you listen? Would you 'eck.

Fora, man! Fora!
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I am certain that the correct word is 'forata'.

And, if it isn't, as looks likely now, it damn well should be.

I have changed the board index to reflect the consensus...
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My all-shall-have-prizes Collins Concise allows either "forums" or "fora."
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