Shoppers in Boston and Seattle, among other cities, can now use Amazon's A9.com to call up photos of many businesses.
Amazon envisions better local listings
Amazon.com's A9.com Yellow Pages lets you see a photo of the street where a particular business is located. You can use the arrows on the top left and right corners of the image to scroll along and zero in on the building you're looking for.
To use the service, go to the site, enter the name of a business in the search field at the top of the page, and enter a city and state in the field just below. The engine returns the top listings for that name, with a map showing the locations of some.
Select the listing you want, and A9 returns the contact information for the business and, if it's available, a photo. For faster visual browsing, the company also returns several snapshots showing different locations along the street. Users can rate which image they think is best.