• Christie's: The first four Folios of William Shakespeare’s collected works will be auctioned on 25 May.
    Christie's: The first four Folios of William Shakespeare’s collected works will be auctioned on 25 May.
  • <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 1. Silver coin (1455), celebrating expulsion of English people in 1451.<br>Est: € 12,000-20,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 7. Heures à l’usage de Coutances. Paris, last quarter of 15th century. Est: € 30,000-40,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 9.<br>TERENCE. Lyon, Jean Trechsel, 1493. Est: € 20,000-30,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 8. Biblia latina. Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 1478. Est: € 20,000-30,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 11. [Francesco Colonna]. Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Venise, Alde Manuce, December 1499. Est: € 150,000-200,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 14. Marco<br>Vigerio della Rovere. Decachordum christianum. Fano, Girolamo Socino, 1507. Est: € 15,000-20,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 18. CONSTANTIN VII. De notevoli et utilissimi ammæstramenti dell’agricoltura. Venise, Gabriele Giolito de Ferrari, 1542. Est: € 40,000-50,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 19. TITE-LIVE. Latinæ historiæ principis. Lyon, Sébastien Gryphe, 1548.<br>Est: € 15,000-20,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 38. OTTOMAN CORAN. 17th century by Muhammad Hafiz (Imam Mehmed Effendi).<br>Est: € 20,000-30,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 45. Blaise PASCAL. Pensées. Paris, Guillaume Desprez, 1670. Est: € 100,000-120,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 52. George EDWARDS. A Natural History of uncommon birds. London, the author, 1743-1751. Est: € 20,000-30,000
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 59. Jean de LA FONTAINE. Fables choisies. Paris, Desaint & Saillant, Durand, 1755-1759. Est: € 40,000-50,000.
  • <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 23/24.</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> Mary Stuart. Ms. Parliament document (contemp. copy). 1567. <br>Est: € 2.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> Latin and French Book of Hours. About 1480. Est: € 65.000.
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> Book of Hours by Germain Hardouyn. 1533. Est: € 18.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> G. P. Gallucci, Theatrum mundi. 1588. Est: € 5.000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 23/24.</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> J. Hill, The vegetable system. 1761-75. Est: € 60.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> <br>J. Honter, Rudimentorum cosmographicorum libri III. 1549.<br>Est: € 3.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> Two terrestrial and celestial globes by J. G. Doppelmayr. 1789 or later. Est: € 40.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> <br>G. de Maupassant, Contes choisies. 1891-92. Est: € 6.000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 23/24.</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> <br>K. Schwitters, HahnePeter. 1924.<br>Est: € 6.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> <br>I. G. Chernikhov, Arkhitekturnye fantazii. 1933. Est: € 3.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> <br>E. Baj, La Cravate. 1972. Est: € 3.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> <br>H. Bellmer & G. Bataille, Histoire de l'oeil. 1944. Est: € 3.000

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - December - 2007 Issue

Microsoft's Book Search Reflects Pitched Battle With Google

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Clicking on a match in Microsoft shows you the title page plus an index of pages containing your search term.


However, there is one shortcoming with Microsoft's presentation -- there is no scroll bar alongside the text. You have to click from page to page. The problem is that you can't see the bottom third of most pages, and without a scroll bar, you cannot scroll down to view it. The only solution is to reduce the type size, making it harder to read. Google provides a scroll bar so it is easy to see the entire page without reducing the type size. That is one major advantage for Google, but an easily correctible issue for Microsoft, whose presentation is, in my opinion, otherwise a step up from Google. Maybe they are trying to improve on the wheel after all, though Google invented it.

While Microsoft's venture into the world of books is interesting, it is obviously part of a much larger strategy to take on Google. They have mimicked many more of the latter's features. For example, in September we reviewed Google Scholar, a search service that looks for scholarly and academic works. It is a valuable tool for serious research. Well, lo and behold, even this obscure tool has a Microsoft version, Live Search Academic. This may be a niche service, but Microsoft has come up with a competitor.

The one Google service I do not see mimicked is Google Product Search, formerly known as Froogle. This searches numerous websites for products for sale. The Americana Exchange's own Books For Sale book listings can be found through Google Product Search. There is no Microsoft equivalent. I suspect this reflects how each company makes its money. Google's revenue is made almost entirely through advertising. Google provides all of these wonderful services free, and makes its living by running ads alongside of them.

This is a concept entirely foreign to Microsoft. It makes its living by selling products, not advertising. Yes it has followed Google with free searches supported by advertising, just as years ago it followed Netscape with a free web browser, Yahoo with a free web portal. Still, this seemed more motivated by fear than love, fear of being left behind by technology newer than their own. Microsoft does not like to give things away, and it will probably be a bitter pill if it ever is forced to offer free product listings for outside vendors. They really want you to shop outside sites through MSN.com, where they can get a piece of the action.

If Microsoft is edging in now on Google's territory, Google has been doing the same to Microsoft, offering free software to accomplish tasks Microsoft charges for. Once again we see role reversal. When Microsoft designed software that mimicked programs offered by others, their version was often inferior. It didn't matter, as Microsoft had the marketing leverage of the proverbial 800-pound gorilla. Now, Google is the 800-pound gorilla of search, and that may force Microsoft to design superior versions instead. Now one wonders how far behind Microsoft's Googlesque search services will come Google's computer operating system (call it "Doors") offered, naturally, for free.

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  • Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts, 8 June 2016, New York
    Bonhams June 8: ARISTOTLE.<br>384-322 B.C.E. De animalibus <br>US$ 300,000-500,000.

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