"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." (Francis Bacon)

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Book Browsing Better than Ever

HarperCollins lets you Browse Inside the Book. Not unlike Amazon's Look Inside feature. However, in what is a really cool feature, you can now get a Browse Inside the Book widget that will allow you to browse inside an HC book anywhere online. There's a detailed FAQs section. What's really nice is that some authors have already loaded it onto their sites to make it easy for readers to take a peek at their books to help them decide if they want to read it. This is something I hope we see more of, and for other publishers to do. Along with Amazon and Google previews of books, this will make browsing books online almost like going to a bookstore. Note that I said almost. I can't think of anything quite taking the place of actually holding and flipping through a physical book. ;)