Internet Search: Search Solutions
your convenience, we will summarize all the latest updates to
our book in one central location. This section will keep you
current, placing the latest search information at your
fingertips — as well as providing you with a handy
Want to suggest a book update, for example,
inclusion of a favorite search tool in our
Search Tool Guide?
Likely incorporation of Yahoo search proper.
Since August, 2005
The printed editions (full and abridged)
have been redesigned to have the look-and-feel
of conventional printed books.
Updates to our
Guide continue almost daily. As of Nov. 20, 2005,
Search Tool Guide > Locating
People, Organizations, Places branch greatly enhanced.
Acrobat Reader version 7 for
e-book makes download much easier.
New, lower prices are
The e-book edition has been
adopted by certain social science and humanities
college courses, where it has now become required reading.
Updates slated for July have now been completed,
and the next editions of the book should be ready for
printing and delivery by the end of August or early
September. The next set of
editions is structured as follows:
- E-Book: Although it actually
contains more materials, this full version of the book
will be slightly shorter than previously. This is due to
more intelligent use of space.
- Printed book: The primary new
printed edition to be sold in bookstores will be an abridged one. It will
contain only the introductory materials and the
chapters, without the Features Control Center and the
Reference Manual parts. It is just 252 pages long. As
before, it occupies about three-eighths of the full
book. If you require the full book in print at this
time, you will need to order it on this site, at least
for the time being.
A few changes to the July changes:
- Exalead search was not documented with respect to
all its details, but only with respect to its unique
features, including regular expressions, fuzzy search,
and the excellent advanced search interface it offers
compared to other search engines.
- The latest screen interface and other changes for
Copernic Agent Professional are also in the book. These
have changed significantly as of late. In general, the
explanations of Copernic are now considerably clearer
- There were plenty more errors in the Reference
Manual section, and we hope all of them have been
corrected. Some of these were "typos," while others were
inaccurate descriptions of search engine features.
Overall: All these changes add up to a huge
improvement in the book, in our opinion, both in design
structure and in content.
Corrections and minor restructuring:
of many small items in the chapters.
Stylistic changes: e.g., smaller
font in tables, make page headers into footers, etc.
Rewrites (which we will be glad
to send to people who bought the book through us, since
the present versions are so poor):
Chapter 4: An
"industrial strength" search case example.
New featured search engine: Exalead,
which has regular expressions ("wildcards on steroids")
Chapter 6: materials dealing with
Chapter 1: materials in the
indexing and cataloging section on the Zenome project (www.zenome.com),
describing their method of refining and automatically
building searchable subject directories.
Delayed: Adding Yahoo proper to the set of
featured search engines.
Updates (to reflect changes in
Under consideration, to reduce the
size of the printed format of the book:
Offering the Reference Manual only as
part of the electronic book, thereby reducing the size
of the printed format to about 270 pages, to about
three-eighths of its current size.
Moving certain tables and reference
lists from the book to our website, where they will be
referenced from the book.
March 20, 2005 Updates
- New MSN Search information throughout the book.
- Additional Google updates in the Reference Manual.
- Larger page size - 7.44" X 9.69".
- New book cover.
- Printed book typeface changed to serif font.
December 15, 2004 Updates
- New Google features added.
- Changes to AltaVista and AlltheWeb.
- More on specialized searches using MSN
- Updated health-related search case
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