November 1, 2010
Inside the Google Books Algorithm

Alexis Madrigal explores the inner workings of Google Books:

The printed volumes represented on Google Books form a completely different kind of problem. Google’s famous algorithm can’t be deployed to search through books because they don’t link to each other in the way that webpages do. There is no perfect BookRank corollary forĀ PageRank.

All of which made me wonder: How does Google Books work? What makes it tick? It turns out that it’s actually a great place for the company’s engineers to learn how to function in a linkless, physical world.

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