Yesterday, HarperCollins rolled out its “Browse Inside” feature that will eventually be available for all its books and could be embedded in blogs and websites.
Not to be outdone, Random House debuted its “Browse and Search” widget.
new InsightBookReader(‘preview’, ‘9780345486585’, ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’, ‘Linda Howard’, ‘0’, ”, ‘http://www.randomhouse.com/cgi-bin/buy_landing.php?isbn=9780345486585’);
I like the Random House Widget better as it is just the cover and gives you the option of choosing a large or small version. I like the layout of the Random House browsing screen but it doesn’t allow you to change the font size and the screen display looks like a scanned image and not a true text one (the fonts were smudgy).
Harper Collins browser loaded faster, but had an irritating watermark of the HC copyright on almost every page. It was easy to manuever with font size choices and a table of contents.
Edited to add: I see the Random House Widget did not show up. That might prevent its dissemination on the web.