We reported early in the year that Google Editions, Google’s first foray into being the middle man for ebook sales, will be launching in a matter of weeks, and it looks like the boys at Google are wetting their toes in the realm of Digital Publishing.
The title of the book is 20 Things I Learned about Browsers and the Web. Its more or less done in a kids format, with some interesting tidbits on how things like DNS, Cloud Computing, HTML5 and others work. It also features a lot of clever illustrations by award-winning German illustrator and children’s author Christoph Niemann.
The electronic books authors? The Google Chrome Team! One of the great things about this book is that it is meant to be read online, but you can read it offline as well. The base premise is being able to use HTML 5 and bypass plugins which often confuse casual internet people. They mention that unless the plugins are built directly into a web browser, such as Google Chrome and Flash, certain browsers might be obsolete.
In a recent Blogspot post, Google describes their new publication as; “We built ’20 Things’ in HTML5 so that we could incorporate features that hearken back to what we love about books, feeling the heft of a book’s cover, flipping a page or even reading under the covers with a flashlight.”
You can check out the new eBook Here.
Via Google Blogspot
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