Sunday, March 18, 2012

Gone Reading International

I got an email recently from the creator of Gone Reading International and am passing on the information for this neat website (which is simply gonereading.com). It's a shopping site, where you can buy T-shirts, bookends, bookplates, bookmarks, games, posters, and much more...all related to reading and books. (Get something for your favorite librarian!)

The interesting thing about this site is it's more than just a place to buy cool gifts. They donate their profits to libraries and reading-related charities, so your purchases go to help support a good cause. The founder, Brad Wirz, is also on Twitter: @gonereading4evr. Check out this neat online store, and find out how you can get free shipping!

Update: Between now and April 19, 2012, get 25% off purchases (except bookends) when you use the code ONLINELIB25.

Monday, March 5, 2012

SoSlang, Online Dictionary

I got an email recently letting me know about an online slang dictionary called SoSlang. It says it has over 6 million definitions and is edited by users. Honestly, I'm not sure how it differs from the Urban Dictionary upon first impression, which also has over 6 million definitions and is edited by users. However, give both a try and see which you like better.

Friday, March 2, 2012

New Search Engine: Stealth

Mashable had an article recently on a search engine that doesn't track users with cookies or by saving search histories. It's appropriately named Stealth and is kind of like a private version of Google. To find out how it works, check out the menu under "Learn More." There's also a brief bit on why using Incognito on Chrome isn't such a good idea. This new search engine is so stealthy that the URL isn't quite what you'd think; instead, it's usestealth.com.

Give it a shot. The interface is clean and uncluttered, rather like Google for those of you who prefer simplicity. The results are straightforward, giving you a link and some pertinent information so you can decide whether a site is worth clicking on. It doesn't tell you how many results there are, which is sometimes handy, but a "More" button does appear at the bottom of the results list so you can keep browsing.

The icons are easy to miss, but right under the search box are options for images, news, and videos along with the standard web search.  I don't know how the results compare to Google, Yahoo, or Bing, but I suspect Stealth's database of crawled or cataloged websites isn't nearly as big. (Stealth says, "We do a good bit of our own crawling and also utilize many different API's (Google's Ajax API, Bing's search API, etc) as well," but that doesn't explain how many websites or images or whatever are in its database.) 

The only thing that bothers me is the need to scroll slightly to the right. For new computers this may not be an issue, but they could have made their screen size dynamic to fit whatever monitor size a user has.

Try it out and leave your thoughts and impressions in the comments.