More Time-Wasting

Scientists at London’s Times newspaper have put together a fun gizmo to help you kill a little time online. Book Scraper lets you search the complete texts of 126 classic British works. You can search by word and see a graph of all the instances that, say, “abrupt” has appeared in the books. Or you can delve into a single work to see the stats on its vocabulary (how many words it shares with other works, and how many are unique) or see a word cloud of all the most important terms in the book. You can even compare the vocabulary sets of two books to see how much they have in common.–David E