Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Amazon’s Ajax-enabled Book Reader

Category: Books, Showcase

<>p> Amazon.com has always been on the leading edge when it comes to enhanced web technologies, and their latest offering is no different. Next time you’re looking around the site, keep an eye out for the cover images with the “Search Inside” message on them – a click there will lead you to Amazon’s new Ajax-enabled book reader.

Seen here for the Beatles Biography, the reader allows you to check out the various sections (such as the front cover, an excerpt, and the book’s index) with one click to the menu on the left. The content then appears in the viewing pane on the right with controls to page forward or page back without reloading.

The top bar even has other options for different works – the ability to highlight sections, bookmark a page, copy information and print directly from the book.



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They use Prototype Under The Hood as well 8).

Comment by Mario — May 25, 2006

It’s a bit like the Open Library I helped put together for the Internet Archive (along with other contributors): http://openlibrary.org. Plus, the Open Library Ajax viewer is under the GPL!

Comment by Brad Neuberg — May 25, 2006

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[...] A lot of publicity has gone over Amazon.com's new Ajax-enabled Book Reader. Ajaxian's article is here and I suppose you can find lots of similar coverage on the new feature in other Ajax sites as well as the normal bunch who write about these stuff: Slashdot, Techcrunch, etc. Although, probably not much lime light was shed when the British Library (at least I don't remember so) had a Macromedia Shockwave book reader, called and trademarked Turning the pages, of various original works like from Leonardo da Vinci, Lewis Caroll, Jane Austen, etc (some are even hand written). And for that matter, not many people has heard of Project Gutenburg. [...]

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Pingback by David Levy (( Creativity Matters » Blog Archive » Amazing Amazon Book Reader — May 29, 2006

I finally tried it. It’s good. Anyone had any problems though?

Comment by Jerome Black — March 28, 2007

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