How people find books


I can’t tell you how many times a faculty member has sent me a reference from Amazon asking if we could get a certain book.  Often we already have the book in our collection, but the go-to source for many for finding books is Amazon, not the OPAC.  This new NBER Working Paper talks about the online tools consumers use to find books of interest.

Searching for Physical and Digital Media: The Evolution of
Platforms for Finding Books
by Michael R. Baye, Babur De los Santos, Matthijs R. Wildenbeest – #19519 (IO PR)


This paper provides a data-driven overview of the different online
platforms that consumers use to search for books and booksellers, and
documents how the use of these platforms is shifting over time. Our
data suggest that, as a result of digitization, consumers are
increasingly conducting searches for books at retailer sites and
closed systems (e.g., the Kindle and Nook) rather than at general
search engines (e.g., Google or Bing). We also highlight a number of
challenges that will make it difficult for researchers to accurately
measure internet-based search behavior in the years to come.
Finally, we highlight a number of open agenda items related to the
pricing of books and other digital media, as well as consumer search

Using Bing Search Engine for Foreign Legal Research

The Bing search engine seems to be indexing  specific resources from LexisNexis. For example, a search of  [france lexis] produced the following result in position number four:

Full Search results:

This link leads directly to LexisNexis’ Doing Business in France (File Name DBFRAN). Although very useful, Bing does not provide a title for the link; it only provides the title. Similar searches for Russian statutes [russia lexis laws] lead directly to LexisNexis’ Economic Laws of the Russian Federation database , but again failed to include the publication name in the link. 

Full search results for [russia lexis laws]:

Bing’s searching of LexisNexis resources is welcome, but here’s hoping that the links can be made much more  informative.

I was not able to locate specific Westlaw database links using Bing, or at least they did not appear in the top 5 results. 

Bing Search Engine

Bing for travel

As many of us make summer travel plans, I learned about a feature of the new search engine Bing that might be useful.

In today’s Wall Street Journal Katherine Boehret “reviews Microsoft’s new search engine, Bing, which offers related content suggestions, a ‘hover’ option that shows a brief snap shot of web pages, and easy navigation of restaurant and travel information.”

The Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, June 3, 2009, p. D1

The Mossberg Solution

Microsoft Effort To Best Google Yields Results

Bing Search Engine is Snazzy, Provides User-Friendly Links; Roger Federer, the Bare Facts

By Katherine Boehret

For people looking up airline flights, Microsoft integrates a technology called Bing Travel into the search.  This tool predicts whether a fare will go up or down in the future based on data aggregation and analysis.  A built-in tool works similarly with hotels, analyzing data to tell if you’re getting a good deal.

Katherine Boehret’s look at Bing is available at: