May 18, 2022

Digital Only: Google Begins Experiment to “Explore the Potential of Digital Books” as New Online Bookstore Opens

From the Google Australia Blog:

2016-02-04_17-24-21Editions At Play is an experiment by Visual Editions and Google’s Creative Lab to explore the potential of digital books: that is, books that change dynamically on your phone or tablet, using all the attributes of the modern mobile web to do things that printed books never could. Simply put, we wanted to see if we could keep the integrity of reading, but play with the book’s digital form.


Along with playing with the form of books, we wanted to find a way to commission and champion this new kind of book to have well-known authors work with developers and designers to create immersive digital reading experiences. So the Editions At Play book store opens today with two new books: Entrances & Exits by Reif Larsen and The Truth About Cats & Dogs by Joe Dunthorne and Sam Riviere. The books are available to preview and buy using Google Play on the Editions At Play website.

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See Also: Useful Slide Deck About Project “Editions at Play in Pictures” (From Google, via Google Docs)

See Also: Editions at Play “About” Page

Learn More: Google Launches E-book Experiment” (via The Bookseller)

See Also: Google’s “Future of the Book” Cannot be Printed, And It Also Cannot Be Viewed on Many Devices (via The Digital Reader)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.