Books Pretty (Useless)
posted by June 26 at 13:00 PMon
Zoomii seems to be an interface that makes Amazon look like a giant bookstore. It’s actually pretty neat, and it removes one of my major complaints about Amazon: the fact that there’s no random discovery. By having all the covers next to each other, there’s more of randomness at play in the process of looking a book up. When I look up a book on Amazon, the last thing I want to see is another book that’s more of the same, but that’s all that they offer.
But then, since 90% of all books are crap*, that kind of makes the Zoomii search frustrating, too. Just like a real bookstore!
* This is why I’m the books editor, incidentally. I firmly believe that 99% of everything—music and movies and television, for example—is complete bullshit, but that only 90% of books suck. That’s why books are the best thing ever.