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Change at Amazon.com

Nick Finck

May 10, 2005 at 3:15 PM

Luke Wroblewski has an interesting post about The History of Amazon's Tab Navigation. I say interesting because just the other day I went to Amazon to find some information and noticed that their search engine no longer works the way I expected it to. Bummer, because now there are additional steps I must take to find the type of information I am looking for. Counter productive? Maybe... give it a try yourself. Visit Amazon.com and search for a book or product. Note: you may need to be in Firefox to see the difference... my copy of IE seems to load the old version.

Comments

Wesley Walser

May 10, 2005 at 9:05 PM

I think Amazon has been testing their new layout, and search functionality for several months now. I read somewhere else that it was on a random basis. Earlier today I had 3 tabs (first two were personal info sections I think, and the third was "see all categories") but when I clicked your link just now I got the old layout, and old search functionality.

Olly

May 11, 2005 at 1:19 AM

Hmmm, I'm getting the new layout, but I can't see any change to the search at all - same as its been forever. But maybe I'm getting a random combo :)

Nick Finck

May 11, 2005 at 7:03 PM

Ya, I noticed that too.. I got one combo of the new layout but the old search... or at least it appeared to be that way. I just know that one of my searches was more like a google search... you know, full web search... and not a book search by any means... but revisiting it's producing book search results only in A9 sorta style... wild.

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