Tuesday, December 03, 2013


Amazon Books

I've often noticed a problem with book reviews on amazon.com, but never before have I found such an egregious example of it as the following.

Here is Amazon's web page offering for sale Roger Dawes' edition of Sophocles' Trachiniae in the Teubner series (Bibliotheca Scriptorum Graecorum et Romanorum Teubneriana).

There are two supposed reviews of the book on the web page. The reviews, however, don't discuss Dawes' edition. Rather, they discuss P.E. Easterling's edition and commentary on the play (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982).

Further, on the same web page Amazon invites you to "Click to LOOK INSIDE!" Dawes' edition. But if you click as invited, you don't see inside the book pictured. Instead, you see inside some wretched paperback edition of R.C. Jebb's translation of Trachiniae.

Amazon recently announced plans to deliver its products using drones. Mindless drones are already at work, composing Amazon's web pages.

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