Simple Amazon Searching — Surface Search

After I whined about Amazon’s search results, I got a couple of e-mails saying, “just create your own interface to the advanced search form, dummy.”

Which is a good point, but a form is not pervasive. I don’t want to have to constantly go back to some form just to do a simple search. But that did remind me that I could do a bookmarklet. A bookmarklet, as you might remember, is like a bookmark but has a little JavaScript in it, so you can perform additional search functions.

Amazon Title Search

Use the bookmarklet above (you can save it to your own bookmarks or personal bookmark toolbar) to search Amazon titles only. I’ve tried it in Firefox and Opera, but not IE. It works particularly well with somewhat generic titles — History of Russia will get you over 20,000 results on a regular Amazon search but only 1500 or so using this bookmarklet.

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