amaztype, created by Yugo Nakamura of yugop and monocrafts* fame, is another example of the powerful combination of data-mining and computational visualisation. Type in any word and this engine will mine Amazon for books with that word (title or author) then it will display thumbnail images of the books over and over again randomly in the shape of the word you typed in! I could do it all day. Its reminds me of Spell with Flickr and other examples that I have posted about previously such as NewsMap and We Feel Fine, and the work of Hansol Huh. This technology would be very useful for my literature map which I will publish sketches of shortly.