Did you know it is possible to take an ebook from Google Books and embed it on on a webpage?
Google has supported this option since at least 2009, but it only came to my attention today when a blog I follow linked to the reference page in the Google Books API. (I would credit my source but I mistakenly closed that tab. Help?)
This is not nearly as easy to do as with a Kindle ebook, but it is possible. Check it out:
It’s pretty cool, but like most things Google does, this feature is only partially functional. For example, you cannot use it to display an ebook you uploaded to Google Play Books.
It also doesn’t work well with ebooks purchased in Google Play books:
Or comic books:
It looks to me like we’re either seeing a visible example of the ebooks’ DRM, or that Google never finished this feature.
Either way, this is still a nifty, albeit limited, toy.
If you want to play with it, you can get the technical info from Google.