You already know how I feel about PDF, which can be pretty slow going on, say, PDAs. But we’re pretty ecumenical around here. So let me point PDF-lovers to Google Docs as both a Web-based reader and a online library for their fave e-books from sites such as PDF Planet. You can pick up files from your desktop machine or a PDF’s Web address; what’s more, GD is well-integrated with Gmail. Click on the screenshot for a better view.
Now here’s more on the PDF angle. Gizmos Grabowski says the Google Docs actually is faster on the GG system than Acrobat. Regardless, when I tried a Wowio PDF of Kurt Vonnegut‘s Breakfast of Champions, my OLPC XO-1 laptop was pokey, and I was less than thrilled by the speed on my desktop. I’d welcome others’ impressions. Please note that Google Docs will work only with nonencrypted PDFs, but, as most TeleBlog community members know, GD also handles such popular formats as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
Web-based PDF alternative
Meanwhile, speaking of PDFs and alternatives, you might check out Exact Editions, which puts images on the Web that you can view with any browser—no PDF reader required. You can sample travel guides and Debrett’s Peerage & Baronetage, among other possibilities. You can find out more here. "It’s remarkable that there has been very little effort to build a platform that parallels the functionality of Google Book Search, but can in some respects improve on its implementation," says Exact Editions’ Adam Hodgkin. What do you think? Give EE a try and share your thoughts.