Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play Books gets brand new updates to enhance the experience of reading online

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play Books, the Android service has gotten new features added to it, which is sure to make reading that much more fun and pleasurable. The improvements are not trivial. They are pragmatic as well as aesthetic. For those who have been using the application to read books on the go, through their smartphones, the improvements are sure to make them feel better about reading online copies.

One can now search for the locations which may be mentioned in the text being read. The name of the place will be taken up by the application, and its physical location will be shown on Google maps. Also, if you want to know more about the place, you can opt for the Wikipedia article based on the place.

You can use the translation feature to help translate certain words, sentences or phrases. The application will use Google’s translation application to help get the meaning from one language to another. The updates also include facilities for annotations.

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Highlighting part of the text which you may find important, or which you may like, can now be done and stored for further reference. Also, the new features include the ability to take notes near the margins. You can now jot down important thoughts and opinions on the text, near that part of the text itself.

The application has now availed support for Japanese texts. Texts in the Japanese language can now be read by users of this application, which is sure to bring in more readers, and linguist enthusiasts.

The new updates to the Google Play Books application are very exciting because they will sync themselves into smartphones which have the application. One does not have to manually do syncing, and one does not have to ask for the updates specifically.

The aesthetic updates include a 2D animation service which gives one the illusion of turning pages of a book, and there is also a sepia reading mode, which gives a very nostalgic touch to the e-books, especially classics. The updates on Google Play Books is sure to get more fans.

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