A tool for browsing the mass of literature, music and film contained in the Amazon database, by exploring links between related items.

 

Option 1


Select a category:

books

music

dvd

Enter your search words into the box below, then press Go!

Go!

This will launch Amazon Browser in a new window, containing your search terms in the central node, with links to the first 10 search results in the surrounding nodes.

Double-clicking on one of the surrounding nodes will expand the graph to include the first 10 related articles.

Clicking on the 'inf' icon above each node will display a hint window containing the summary, a link to prices from international Amazon stores, one recommended customer review, and a link that will direct you to the item at Amazon.com, from where you can read more information, add to your shopping cart or wishlist and checkout.

 

Option 2


Enter your search words or phrases into the box above, press

Amazon Light

then copy and paste the ISBN of the most relevant item into the box above, and press Go!

 

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Notes

The TouchGraph applet works well using all common browsers for Windows. Safari is recommended for Mac OS X.

Requires Java 1.3+, which will be automatically downloaded and installed if necessary. To install JRE 1.4 manually, go here.

The applet is not currently working on Classic Mac OS, due to the lack of Java 1.3.

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Discussion Forum

Quotes

"A totally new and unique way to browse the Amazon.com Web site" Amazon

"The zoom facility is great" Guardian

"Nice implementation of a Java similarity browser" Mockerybird

"A mind-stretching way of browsing through related books, music and film" SearchWebServices

"This is is exactly the sort of thing that web services should be used for at this stage of their development - inspirational tools that show a whole new way of working with existing data sets." Simon Bisson

Starting Points

pizza cooking

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Credits

Alex Shapiro/ TouchGraph LLC: Java coding for TG_RSL_Browser applet.

Alf Eaton: TouchGraph output for feeding the Amazon Browser.

Chris Langreiter: the original AMZNvista.

See also

Amazon.com
Amazon Light
Erik Benson
All Consuming
Bookwatch

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