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News Summary: Search engine connects literary dots

The Associated Press

LITERARY TREASURE TROVE: Search engine smalldemons.com is a guilty pleasure for book lovers, answering questions such as which books mention the Beatles or the Pacific Ocean or Rice Krispies.

IT'S A SMALL WORLD: Officially launched in August, Small Demons is a proving ground that everything really is connected. The encyclopedia catalogs names, places, songs, products and other categories for thousands of books.

INDUSTRY BACKING: The site has the cooperation of most of the major publishers who are typically sensitive to letting outside companies use copyrighted text.