Amazon.com: Books: Ambient Findability: Peter’s book is out, go get it while it’s hot.
I noticed that Amazon changed the shape of their book page: they finally got rid of those side navs that nobody cares about. Page shape is one of my “things”, the default for many designers is to do a top and sidebar, and then use that on every single page of the website, whether it makes sense or not.
But different types of pages need different overall shapes, going as far as even getting rid of the global nav if needed. It makes the site much more focused and usable. Here’s 1 example: the instant archive page at mefeedia. It chucks the whole global nav altogether, and that’s not always a bad thing. I still have to test that particular one, by the way :)