Sunday, November 19, 2006

What I asked for, not what I wanted

I have a website devoted to true type fonts, called Fontage. I've been updating my bookstore with some additional books on typefaces, typography, and type designers.

In trying to find some good books on the history of typeface design, or on those who design typefaces, I used the search terms "type designer." I got such gems as "Death to Diabetes: The Six Stages of Type 2 Diabetes," "The 16 Personality Types, Descriptions for Self-Discovery," and this charmer, "Cocaine, Marijuana, Designer Drugs." Each of these books had the word "designer" or "type" somewhere in the caption, and the other word somewhere in the text of the book. Not quite what I wanted.

I sent email off to Amazon, recommending that one of the options to "Narrow the Search" be to limit the search to words in the title or caption of the object. If eBay can do it, Amazon surely must.