Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Reading books on a screen

Google Books is a project of Google involving the scanning of entire libraries of books and then making them available online. It is extraordinary, making available rare sources, some so rare that only one or two copies are known to exist. A new version of the GooReader is available today at CNET:
.... GooReader turned out to be a pretty nice free e-book reader for Google Books. As you know, Google is into everything, including e-books, and in a big way. It offers quick access to millions of titles, many of them free, and helps you manage your e-book purchases. Its animated 3D graphics give the e-books a realistic appearance.

You'll need to sign in to your Google Account to access Google Books and manage your Library. .... [more]
It will do searches, download pdfs, manage the library on your computer and function as an attractive interface for reading. I searched for "Seventh Day Baptist" this afternoon and within seconds the results included several hard-to-find books [several of them scanned at the New York Public Library]. GooReader can also be downloaded here.

My Kindle comes tomorrow. I have resisted electronic books up to now. We'll see....