I visited amaztype and did an author search on "Frank Gruber", a somewhat famous country western author that just happens to have the same name as me. I used the radio buttons to navigate to the proper search criteria.
As you can see it spells out your search keyword with the images of the book, Cd's or other products returned from the Amazon.com search. I then clicked on one of the items that makes up the letters and the application zoomed in closer to the get a better look. The image belows shows the zoomed in view.
Additionally a black pop-up window filled with details on the selected item was displayed. A link for "More info" was presented which redirected me to the item's location on Amazon.com. In this particular example the item I clicked on was the book "The Laughing Fox" by Frank Gruber. You can see the Amazon.com page I was directed to below.
Though it may be impractical from a time standpoint to search Amazon this way I think amaztype is an
interesting idea and design for a search engine so I applaud the
creativity. Give amaztype a test drive to see the unique search features for yourself. Let me know what you think in the comments on this post.
Special thanks to Webosphere for pointing this new search engine out to me. Additionally, check out some of the other buzz about amaztype coming from posts on :trends:, amphetameme.org and the challenge in the blogosphere. If you have not yet gotten enough of Amazon.com upon reading this post, check out the amaztype zeitgeist for the most popular Amazon search terms. Can you guess what is the most searched on term?