Google Launches Web Book Reader

On Wednesday, Nov. 22nd, Google launched a web book reader which will allows viewers to read books digitized by their Book Search project.  This interactive tool works inside a web browser (ie. Internet Explorer, Firefox).  It allows you to zoom in on a page, view the reader in fullscreen mode, and the ability to view one page at a time or in a 2-page mode like a regular book.  You can still view the books in PDF but if you use their web book reader you can avoid the bulking Adobe Reader program.  Other features of the web book reader are search and table of contents. 

For now the number of books available is limited.  Google is in the process of digitizing a number of libraries such as the New York Public Library, Harvard, Oxford, Sanford Universities etc.  Click the link to see an example of the Web Reader.

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