Has advanced since the last time I’d checked. First of all, the book search is divided into two: Full view and limited preview. The former needs no explanation and the latter gives you a chance to leaf through a book before you consider buying or borrowing it from your public library. I had initially thought ‘Limited Preview’ meant full access to a book (how naive). Google simply skips pages throughout the book with this option.
The summary page is great for both options and the recommendations list is just as well. Sometimes a book is made available to download besides full access online. There are single, double, or full screen viewing options to suit your taste.
A few other features that make researching books a breeze are:
- Search in this book
- Keyword tags
- Find Libraries
- Write reviews
I’ve googled Tagore with the ‘Full View’ option checked which brought me to his book, FRUIT GATHERING. I’ve basically done a general search, but you can specify yours by clicking the ‘Advanced Book Search’ link. Then, I typed in Plato and wanted to search with the title ‘The Apology’. I got a few results, but wanted to select one that had a downloadable option available. The first result had.
That’s all good, but I wanted a little more. How about Plato on Socrates? I remembered author Paul Levinson’s [THE PLOT TO SAVE SOCRATES] recommendation of Benjamen Jowett’s translations and voila, Google has such a book listed on their ‘Related Books’ section below. This book, however, is available as ‘Limited Preview.’ Works just fine for me.
Upon further searching I was able to find a full view, and much older, copy of the same title, however with a different translator.