Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | May 31, 2011

Authors @ Google: find new books!

There are those who believe Google is out to take over the world.  And though that may well be true (in a virtual kind of way), the fact is that Google keeps coming out with amazing, fun, and even useful services.  Here’s one for us book lovers:  Authors @ Google.

Google invites authors to come speak to their company, tapes them, and then puts them on YouTube to share with the world.  This is a neat resource for a couple of reasons:
    1.  The interviews are in-depth — most are between 30 minutes and an hour.  You can really get a sense of the author and their work.
   2.  Even if you don’t want to read the book, just watching the video is fascinating.
   3.  It’s a great way to find out about interesting books you’d like to read, and not many of them are the best-seller list of books you’re likely to hear about anyway.

To browse the interviews, click here.   The top of the screen looks like this:

See the lowest row?  To the right of the yellow “Subscribe” button, click on “Uploads.”  That will display a whole list of interviews you can choose to watch.  

A few examples that tempted me: Rainn Wilson, about his book SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions. Dan Savage and Terry Miller, on their book It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying.  Rick Najera, an award-winning actor-writer-director-producer with credits in film, television, theatre and Broadway.   Mary Roach, on her book Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. 

The list goes on and on.  Check it out for yourself!
                       –Mary Beth

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Responses

  1. This is FUN! I never would have found out about it on my own, so thanks Mary Beth!


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