A look back on 2006

Thursday, January 04, 2007 at 6:32 PM

Ah, 2006. Conventional wisdom has it that most New Year's resolutions are broken by January 2nd. So, if you're feeling bad about not making it to the gym this week or procrastinating yet again, take some time to reflect on last year's good times. We did -- and, without further ado, here's our look back at the top ten Inside Google Book Search moments of 2006:

10) Amy Sedaris, Sebastian Junger, Alice McDermott, and more appear on video at BookExpo America, and we share their readings with you.

9) Pam tells you about the Google Librarian Center, which includes free downloadable teaching tools for a number of Google products, including Book Search.

8) The four book views are explained.

7) We celebrate the 25th anniversary of Banned Books Week with the ALA.

6) Tom shares our first Google Book Search zeitgeist: a list of most-viewed English language books supplied by our publisher partners for the week of September 17th through 23rd.

5) Ben tells the story of how Bernie Robichau found a familiar face in an obscure and wonderful gem; Jaclyn picks up the genealogy bug months later.

4) Shakespeare in the Park kicks off its 50th year with free performances of Macbeth in Central Park, and we create a place to find and search the Bard's complete plays online.

3) Four new libraries join the Library Project: the University of California, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Complutense University of Madrid, and the University of Virginia.

2) Public domain treasures are made available for downloading.

1) Google Book Search gets a whole new look -- and a number of cool features too.

Here's to a great 2007 filled with even more discovery, more thoughts on cool books and the power of digitization, more exciting announcements, and more tips and tricks straight from the Google Book Search team.


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