Google has released a “Book Search” widget wherein anyone with tech knowledge can “emembed a Google-hosted preview of up to 20% of any book that has been included in the Google Book Search database.” Books-A-Million, Blackwell Bookshop, Borders and Powells will offer this Google Preview service. This is similar to the “search inside” feature at Amazon.com.
I’m not really sure I get widgets. Some publishers offer countdown clocks. Others offer “buy” link widgets. I find myself unmoved by widgets. Often they are ugly and take too long to load. What’re your thoughts?