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February 11, 2005 / jnolen

IBDB

David asked a good question today: Why isn't there an IMDB for books & authors? Amazon (which, interestingly, owns IMDB) has become the de facto reference database for books, both in-print and out-of-print. And they fulfill this function well. Unfortunately, they don't maintain good information about authors. Compare this listing for Martin Scorsese to this one for J. D. Salinger. Amazon needs to step up and give us a better view of its authors — a real bibliography, instead of this messy and redundant search-results list.

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