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New Features for Google Book Search

piggy.jpgMy new favorite World Almanac-related quote:

He was famished, he was ravenous, he could eat every pig the World Almanac had tallied for the year.

- Fred Chappell, Brighten the Corner Where You Are

...courtesy of a Google Book Search for references to "World Almanac" in works of fiction. Nothing like a little navel-gazing at 7 AM on a Friday morning.

But my main reason for visiting GBS this morning wasn't to troll for references to our book—it was to check out a new feature that lets you add any books in Google's system to your own personal online "Library." Then you can add ratings, reviews, and tags, share your collection with others, or even let other folks subscribe to an RSS feed of any changes or additions to your library.

You can find more full-featured "My Library"-type features at Amazon and other online retailers, but Google's new tool is simple, quick, and uncluttered. I could see this being a really useful tool for people who have big home libraries, or who just read a lot of books—it's nice to be able to create a smaller subset of books you've actually read, so you don't have to search the whole, gigantic Google database every time you need to track down a particular volume, or a specific phrase.

I'll be interested to see how it (along with the rest of Google Book Search) develops.

My (own) library on Book Search (Google Book Search Blog)

P.S.: How many pigs did we (OK, the USDA's National Agriculture Statistics Service) tally in 2006? The preliminary figure for the U.S. alone was 61,197,000 hogs and pigs. That's a lotta bacon.

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