Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006
Nathan Naze and his team at Google have upgraded Google Books:
- Zoom in on text and images. Here’s a cool full-page sketch of a ship from an 1898 book on steam navigation. Looking for something less dated? Perhaps this colorful page of a room from a book on interior design. Want a better look? You can now zoom in and out — just click on the and buttons. Play with it until you find a size you like.
- One book, one web page. No more reloads! In one-page mode (just click the button), pages appear one below the other, like a scroll of paper. For full-view books, there’s also a two-page mode () in which pages appear side by side, just like in a physical book (perfect for two-page images). In both modes, you’ll be able to use and to turn pages.
- Scroll, scroll, scroll your book… using the scrollbar or your mouse wheel, or by dragging (in most browsers, you’ll see a ). You can also use the keyboard (try the spacebar, page up, page down, and the arrow keys). Or you can click on a link in the table of contents or your search results to jump right to that page (like this photo from the 1906 book Geronimo’s Story of His Life).
- This page was made for reading. We’ve tried to tidy up the clutter to leave as much room as possible for what’s important — the book. We’ve put all the information about the book in a scrollable side menu. Still not enough room? You can put the screen in fullscreen mode with , so you can use the whole window for browsing. Try it with a nice illustrated book of Celtic fairy tales or, for some lighter reading, electromagnetic wave theory.
There are keystrokes here too, such as hitting space to scroll down (moving down smoothly). It is nice to see more and more unification to Google apps these days. When you use Reader it feels like Mail, etc.
One question is, where are the GWT apps? :)
Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:03 pm