Google Book Search Launches Free Tools
Google Book Search announced Monday that it is launching a set of free tools that will allow retailers, publishers and anyone with a Web site to embed books with the Google Book Search functionality into their sites. These tools may be accessed at http://Code.Google.com/apis/books
An entry posted on the Google Book Search blog (http://www.BookSearch.BlogSpot.com) by the program’s Product Manager Alex Diaz stated: “We are also providing new ways for these sites to display full-text search results from Book Search, and even integrate with social features such as ratings, reviews and readers’ book collections. By providing tools that help sites connect readers with books in new and interesting ways, we hope publishers and authors will find even wider audiences for their works.”
Google Book Search already has worked with several publishers to incorporate the Book Search functionality into their Web sites. These publishers include Arcadia Publishing, O’Reilly, Macmillan, Apress, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Stanford University Press.
Google Book Search also has partnered with a number of booksellers around the globe, including Books-A-Million in the United States, to enable preview functionality for their Web sites. “Google Preview” allows visitors to these retailers’ Web sites to browse through a book without leaving the site. Additional booksellers, including Borders.com and Powell’s Books, will roll out the “Google Preview” functionality in the coming weeks.