June 22nd, 2006

baby

Concordances

Any of you tried the wonderful Concordance tool on AMazon.com? The most commonly used  words of a book arranged in order alphabetically, and by size, showing the frequency realtive to others in the book.  I don't know how they develop these -- I guess the publisher has to supply them with a digitized text to search. In the case of Little, Big, it almost seems to reproduce the book in small -- hardly need to read it:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/sitb-next/0060937939/ref=sbx_con/103-3944276-5195805?%5Fencoding=UTF8#concordance

Here by contrast is Chandler's The Big Sleep, also good:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/sitb-next/0394758285/ref=sbx_con/103-3944276-5195805?%5Fencoding=UTF8#concordance