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Google Play Books Updated To Make It A Better eReader For Students, Chefs, And Others Who Read Huge Books

31 October 2014

From TechCrunch:

Most eReader apps tend to be built for reading something from start to finish — which makes sense, given that that’s how about 99 percent of fiction works are meant to be read.

But what about non-fiction stuff? The research documents, the textbooks, and the cookbooks of the world? In books of that sort, the reader often needs to flip back and forth between opposite ends of the book almost endlessly.

With those folks in mind, Google has just updated its Google Play Books eReader application with a focus on efficient reading.

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  • “Skim” mode allows you to zoom between pages in an endless stream rather than forcing you to flip through page by page.
  • “Quick Bookmarks” lets you set multiple saved spots in the book and quickly jump back and forth between them — perfect for when you’re required to refer to some reference table 200 pages away from what you’re trying to read.

Link to the rest at TechCrunch and thanks to Nirmala for the tip.

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8 Comments to “Google Play Books Updated To Make It A Better eReader For Students, Chefs, And Others Who Read Huge Books”

  1. This sounds great. I certainly wish my Kindle could skim easily. I’ll have to open up my Google Books app on my phone and check this out for myself.

    • Totally agree! Honestly, although I love my kindle, what I really want is a holographic e-reader that gives me a 3-D rendition of the “pages” getting thicker on the left while they get thinner on the right as I read; a 3-D holographic page flip on a button press; and a 3-D page skim flip with another button. Pretty please! 😀

      • I’d go for something like that. I’m getting used to the progress bars though, so they’d better hurry up or it’ll be too hard to remember what a paper book was like, leaving a 3-D rendition too confusing to be useful. 😉

      • It wouldn’t help. The reason why the pile of read pages on your left and unread pages on your right works is that they are real pages. You can put your finger on them and turn to any page you want, especially if you have dogeared the corner or stuck in a bookmark. Pushing a button does not convey enough information to tell the machine which page you want to turn to.

  2. It is nice to see Google innovating in this way. Prior to this, they seem to have not done much of note in the ebook arena.

  3. Ooooh… this would be very handy for all the nonfiction I use in researching my HF.

  4. Sounds great!

  5. ‘Quick bookmarks’ sounds exactly like the bookmark feature in the Kindle and iBooks apps. How exactly is this an innovation?

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