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Books will always be loved for its physical appearance, its weirdly alluring smell, and the different experience of reading on paper. With these traits, readers have constantly argued that paper is better than technological tidbits put together to form a visual experience on a thin screen. However, the recent e-book introduced by Google might make anyone think twice.

Example User Journey (Photo courtesy of Visual Editions/ Google)
Example User Journey (Photo courtesy of Visual Editions/ Google)

With the digital media ushering in with loads of technological innovations that can easily be accessed at the palm of our hands, the e-books have constantly been basking on the spotlight with new offers for the tech-savvy public. The latest innovation: an “unprintable” book which blurs the line between read and play.

(Photo courtesy of Visual Editions/ Google)
(Photo courtesy of Visual Editions/ Google)

Giving people more reasons to go digital, Australia-based Google Creative Lab, together with Visual Editions publishing company in London, has introduced a new take on e-books called Editions at Play. It is a series of unprintable and interactive books which can be viewed via mobile. The interactive environments are similar to those that are used in games. Sounds like loads of fun!

(Photo courtesy of Visual Editions/ Google)
(Photo courtesy of Visual Editions/ Google)

According to its website, Editions At Play “is a website aimed at book lovers, tech geeks and design peeps. We sell unprintable books that you can read on your phone. It’s a response to the world of digital books, e-books, enhanced e-books, and online PDFs.”

(Photo courtesy of Visual Editions/ Google)
(Photo courtesy of Visual Editions/ Google)

Two new books were also made available for purchase on Google Play Books:

Entrances & Exits by Reif Larsen uses the magic of Google Street View for navigating through chapters, while The Truth About Cats & Dogs by Sam Riviere and Joe Dunthorne offers a story-switching option to explore two perspectives from the two authors.

(Photo courtesy of Visual Editions/ Google)
(Photo courtesy of Visual Editions/ Google)

But do note that these new e-books are not compatible with all devices. Only Android devices running on Android 4.4 or KitKat and higher may be able to get their hands on the reading-playing-watching experience.  For Apple, it is required that they run on iOS8 or higher.  E-book were also said to run best on the latest Safari or Chrome browsers.

More e-books are set to be released sometime in April. We can’t wait!

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