Earlier in the week, I noted the opening of the new web-based Google Book Store.
Since then, Google has hit the web with a barrage of announcements.
The difference, this time, is that Google is delivering stuff you can use right now.
Some fun ... some productive ... and some simply mind-boggling.
I'm the first to admit I stayed up late (very late) last night with Canary messing with various apps in the new Google Chrome WebStore.
Previous to that, I had been dual-booting the closest thing to an easy, out-of-the-box simplified Linux (Ubuntu) based product, Jolicloud (who notably, yesterday, released their much improved Version 1.1).
Jolicloud is probably the closest thing you can find right now to the upcoming Google Chrome OS but Google has chosen (for now) to stay hardware specific, which should, after some testing, make it MUCH faster.
I'm pretty much thinking the 'cloud' is coming home in 2011 (and NOT liking the way Microsoft appears to be attempting to brand the term "to the cloud" in it's TV commercials).
But I digress?
Back to the title.
Unlike my late Grandfather, my Mom ... and my daughter, I've never been much of a book reader. No doubt I've missed a lot .... but with the attention span of a hamster, it's always put me off.
Revisiting the Google Book Store this evening, I noticed two cool changes on the greeting page.
The NY Times Best Seller List is there. It was kind of sad to see Elizabeth Edward's book being discounted.
The next section was the 'Best of the Free'.
I paged through and one notable title was Moby Dick. There were others, most in their original typeface (cool stuff).
It's never too late for a little catching up.
A vision that others have tried and ailed in the past is here.
I might just curl up later ... with my laptop ... and a good book.
If you missed the first post, be sure and checkout the Book Store here (as well as the online reader).
Kudos to Mountainview this time around.
Just great stuff.