personal blog of Jonathan Fretheim

Want to know if any libraries close to you have a particular book? Drag this link to your bookmarks bar:

-WorldCat->

While you’re browsing around and thinking about books, click it. Here’s what’ll happen when you do:

  1. If you are looking at a book on Amazon, it’ll take you straight to the WorldCat entry for that book. Magic!
  2. If you’re not looking at anything on Amazon, it’ll check to see if you have highlighted any text on the current page in your web browser (i.e., you’re reading book reviews in the New York Times and you highlight the name of a book, an author, etc.) and then search WorldCat for that text.
  3. If you’re not looking at anything on Amazon, and there is no text highlighted, you’ll be prompted to enter what you want to search for in WorldCat.

Slick, eh? If you haven’t used WorldCat before you’ll need to tell it your location so it can give you relevant results.

I think it’s handy. It isn’t perfect, though. For example, if you’re looking at an electric toothbrush on Amazon and click this, it’ll take you to WorldCat and WorldCat will say it has no idea what you’re looking for. There are probably some other conditions/edge cases/etc. I haven’t thought of. Let me know if you come up with anything I oughtta account for and I’ll give it a shot.

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August 2, 2009
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