I know there’s a book out there. I know the author’s name begins with M. I know it’s a historical book. So I go to Amazon and for once I don’t search, I browse. I follow the site hierarchy: books> history > general and am presented with 32,5882 results. By default they are ordered by “bestselling” (best selling on Amazon – not always a helpful guide. Today’s number 27 on the list is “IEE on Site Guide (BS 7671: 2001 16th Edition Wiring Regulations Including Amendment 2: 2002)”. Mmmmm. Gripping).
Anyway, so I’ve got 32,5882 results to trawl through. Kindly Amazon provide an ascending / descending alphabetic filter. The intuitive way to return alphabetic results would be by letter. Unfortunatly the technically easy thing is done. Pages are returned by number, with up to ten pages accesibile at a time. That’s not very useful if you’ve got more than thirty thousand results.
I’m on page 13 and I’m only up to AC… The letter M is an infinite number of clicks away. I’m off to Waterstones where I can physically browse the shelves, and hopefully find the book that way.