Random House, HarperCollins Launch Online Book Searches


A fellow editor said recently, “People don’t read much online. They infosnack.” Some publishers are trying to make those snacks a little more targeted. In an attempt to make sure that Amazon and Google aren’t the only places people search books online, print heavyweights Random House and HarperCollins are launching their own services. According to Reuters, Random House has a widget that will let people “search and browse through more than 5,000 of its titles.” For its part, Harper has introduced a “browse function that lets consumers embed pages of books onto networking sites such as MySpace.” Both HarperCollins and MySpace are owned by News Corp. (The AP has a similar story.)

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