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Unable to find book when searching

Created: 09/17/11

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Posted Sep. 17, 2011 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
admin

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Unable to find book when searching

I am unable to add One Ordinary Day in One Extraordinary Life or One Day in
the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Isaevich Solzhenitsyn to my reading
life from the internet search on the reading list page. That seems strange to me. How can I do
that? Thank you.

- Carolyn.

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Posted Sep. 17, 2011 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
davinamw

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RE: Unable to find book when searching

Could you try again just searching on the words: Ivan Denisovich.
I just tried this and it worked for me.

The challenge for a computer is knowing what words are most important to a search result so when you enter a long search term such as "One Ordinary Day in One Extraordinary Life or One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" the search algorithm has trouble deciding which words are most important
and thus filled the first page of results with books that matched more common parts of the search string such as "Ordinary, Extraordinary, Life" and so forth.

As a general rule, if you're using an extremely advanced search tool such as Google's, which is the result of thousands of minds adding layers of sophistication over multiple years you can get away with entering longer and more complex search terms. But when dealing with smaller sites such as BookBrowse, your library website, and most bookstores you'll most likely get the result you want by entering the part of the search term that is most unique to that book.

Does that make sense? And more importantly, are you now able to add the book to your reading list?


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RE: Unable to find book when searching

Thanks, that worked. And I learned something. I love your customer service - Carolyn


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