Thursday, October 07, 2004

Google Print

As reported in several places, Google is now in the process of launching it's new Google Print service.

The new service seems to offer some direct competition to the (oddly) titled A9 search engine, a spin-off from Amazon, which integrates their Search Inside the Book ® service with the results from a normal Google search (amougst other things).

It's going to be interesting to see whether it really enhances the search "experience" or not. I've held off from using A9, as it didn't seem to offer significant enough improvement over plain vanilla Google to justify the (admittedly rather small) effort of moving. Out of habit more than anything else then, I've continued to use Google, despite the possiblity that A9 could offer a better service. Perhaps my assertion yesterday that the Google conspiracy theorists are wrong was further off than I thought...