The Best Books… Squared

June 3, 2009 | 8 books mentioned 1

You may have heard of Google Squared. It’s a new service in development from Google that, as Wikipedia puts it, “extracts structured data from across the web and presents its results in spreadsheet-like format.” Basically, it returns your results in a list-like format with some additional descriptive columns.

Trying it out, we naturally entered some book-related queries. And, if you assume that Google has compiled a database of the world’s knowledge and uses that to generate its results, then these must be – definitively – the “best books” and “best novels” ever.

Best Books:

  1. The Catcher in the Rye
  2. Catch-22
  3. Animal Farm
  4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  5. Goodnight Moon
  6. Curious George
  7. Gravity’s Rainbow

Best Novels:

  1. Gravity’s Rainbow
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird
  3. The Sound and the Fury
  4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  5. The Lord of the Rings
  6. To The Lighthouse
  7. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Not bad for something computer-generated.

(Google has been known to personalize and regularly adjust its results, so your lists may vary.)

created The Millions and is its publisher. He and his family live in New Jersey.

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