Cool Toys Pic of the day – Google eBooks

Publications of the Astronomical Observatory of the University …
Detroit Observatory, University of Michigan (v.1, 1912):
http://books.google.com/books?id=278RAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

I was listening to a young redheaded woman on the bus yesterday rave
how much she loves books, her mother loves books, the house is full of
books, her mother even stores some books in the daughter’s bedroom
because the house is just overflowing. When I told her that I love
books, too, and, well, I’m a librarian, her face was just wreathed in
smiles.

I really do love books. I love them best in print, but frankly my
house just isn’t big enough for everything I’d like to own. There are
certain advantages to eBooks. I am somewhat rapturous that for
historic books out of copyright, now Google not only allows download
of the PDF (upper right hand corner of the screen), but also provides
the Google eBook option.

The Google eBook option is designed especially for those lovely large
screens that increasing numbers of corporate folk and geeks tend to
have. The large screens are truly wonderful and increase productivity
hugely for those who are working online pretty much all the time, like
me. (No, I don’t have one. I keep trying, though!)

Google eBook also provides various titles in multiple formats, as well
as offering apps to allow reading the eBooks on a variety of devices.
Android, iPhone, iPad, and sometimes EPUB.

In their words: “To read on e-ink devices like the Sony eReader or
Barnes & Noble Nook, you’ll need to download a file and transfer it
your device. Please follow the detailed Help center instructions to
transfer the files to supported eReaders.”

About the eReaders, also in their words: “Google eBooks can be
downloaded onto all eReader devices that run Adobe Digital Editions.
(Note: Google eBooks are not currently compatible with the Kindle).
Some common supported devices include: Aluratek Libre, Astak EZ
Reader, BeBook, Bookeen, COOL-ER, Elonex eBook, HanLin eBook, IREX
Digital Reader, Neolux Nuut, and more.”

No Kindle? What! Luckily Adobe does list the readers that support
their platform.

Adobe: Digital Editions Supported Devices:
http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/supported-devices

Well, so Archive.org
is still the better place for historical eBooks, but Google’s
offerings are probably more comprehensive, and almost certainly more
discoverable. But check both, if you are seriously researching
anything historical.

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