On Wed, Apr 06, 2016 at 07:42:11AM -0700, Karen Coyle wrote:
> Also, without the links that fuel pagerank, the ranking is very
> unsatisfactory - cf. Google Book searches, which are often very
> unsatisfying -- and face it, if Google can't make it work, what are
> the odds that we can?
I wouldn't generalize so far for either web search or book search.
Pagerank is close to useless on the modern web thanks to webspam.
When Google first launched, its focus on anchortext was just as
important as pagerank. On the books side, properties like publisher
authority, book usage, and used book sales+prices make nice ranking
signals. Book content also contains a lot of citations, which can be
used to compute impact factors. Google Books has only scratched the
surface of what's possible for book search and discovery.