Googling myself I found a match for a surprising book, the Danish 'Konkurrencestaten', but no quotation is given for the search string. I find it only with Danish as the language setting. With English I do not see 'Konkurrencestaten' in the search results. For English I do see a number of other books that I believe I am NOT mentioned in.

Is Google Books returning items where a search string does not appear?

Some of the results seem to be a retrieval from a semantic search-like system based on text on the Internet. Is that correct? Are there any means to switch it off or see where or why Google Books matches a search string?


Example link: https://www.google.dk/search?tbm=bks&q=%22Finn+%C3%85rup+Nielsen%22 (it presently returns "Ledelse og troværdighed").

  • Perhaps you could also provide the search you mention as an example. I found the book you mention, but not when searching for "Finn Arup Nielsen" or Finn Arup Nielsen. – Martin Nov 28 '16 at 9:48
  • I can search on Finn Aarup Nielsen. I no longer see "Konkurrencestaten" but now I see "Selvmål: det evaluerede liv". I do not think I am mentioned in that book. "Ledelse og troværdighed" is another book returning but where I am probably not mentioned. Searching on "Finn" within the books I see no result. – Finn Årup Nielsen Nov 28 '16 at 12:35
  • The link in your previous comment seems to be kind of broken. (And if your are able to make it work, perhaps it would be better to link to an example directly in the question rather than only in comments.) Are you searching for "Finn Årup Nielsen"? Or for Finn Årup Nielsen (without quotation marks)? Is this the book you get from your search: Ledelse og troværdighed? – Martin Nov 28 '16 at 12:41
  • BTW does any of the suggestion given in this question change whether you find the particular book: How to get unpersonalized results in Google? (The simples advice there is probably to try incognito mode.) – Martin Nov 28 '16 at 12:50
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    I have updated the question with an example link that has quotation marks. Currently, "Ledelse og troværdighed" is returned. I doubt I am mentioned in that book. – Finn Årup Nielsen Dec 15 '16 at 21:29

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