Google brings books to Android, iPhone. Boasts about its OCR tech
Google has just announced the release of Google Book Search for Android and Apple’s iPhone, which means that you can now access and read more than 1.5 million public domain books via any of the two said platforms.
The mobile editions of the books are optimized for small screens, so that you can read them as easily as you’d do it on a computer.
In order to make the books readable on mobile devices, Google uses OCR technology (Optical Character Recognition), extracting text in such way that it can be viewed on your iPhone or Android phone like the text from a normal Web page.
Although text extraction is a “difficult engineering task”, Google says that it managed to overcome most of the difficulties, thanks to OCR and some smart computer algorithms.
You can check out how good it all works by visiting the mobile Google Book Search website from your iPhone or Android handset.
Via the Inside Google Book Search blog