Monday, February 20, 2006

Internet: Amazon's Concordance and Text Stats has a new feature that provides both useful and fun information. Once you are on a books screen, look around the title of the book for links that say Condordance or Text Stats.

The Concordance shows the 100 most used words in the book. The larger the word, the more times it is mentioned. The Text Stats rate the Readability and Complexity of the book as well as the amount of words and sentences.

One of the Readability statistics is the Flesch-Kinkaid Index, which measures the book according to grade level. For example, The Da Vinci Code has a Flesch-Kinkaid Index of 7.2. That means that someone with a 7th grade reading level would be able to read and comprehend the book successfully.

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