Related link: http://www.lucenebook.com/
I was visiting with Erik Hatcher at the Rails gig in Reston last Saturday. I really like what he has done with his book Lucene in Action (which he coauthored with Otis Gospodnetić). Essentially, he created a search engine for his book on Lucene with Lucene. You can’t get all the content of the book, but you get plenty. I think it is a really cool way to present a book, a sort of recursion on the topic itself, by showing how quickly the contents of the book can be searched using the means described by the book. Whoa! I also think it says a lot about how books could be presented from now on. If writers and publishers don’t do something like what Erik is doing with his book, we are a little behind the times. I intend to follow Erik’s lead in making books more accessible to readers, as early as possible.
Did you check out lucenebook.com?