Google Adding Maps to Books, Ads to Follow?

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Google's been busy this week, and they're wrapping it up by mixing Google Books with Google Maps. Locations listed in certain books will have a link to that same location in Google Maps, so you can, um, check it out on a map. It's kind of cool, I guess, at least with some of the titles, like Around the World in Eighty Days and The Travels of Marco Polo.

I wouldn't go so far as to say that Google's "animat[ing] the static information" in books, though. It's just dropping links in the middle of a book. I'm sure something more worthwhile will come out of this down the line, however. Like contextual advertising.


Google meshes books and maps online [Yahoo!/AP]

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Awesome! So when you read "Moby-Dick," by Herman Melville, the opening sentence, "Call me Ishmael" gets a hyperlink to Google Talk so you can actually call Ishmael?

And anytime the word "whales" appears, you get a link to "Wales" in Google Maps?

And every time the character Starbuck has anything to say, you can get a context-sensitive advertisement telling you that your nearest Starbucks is 0.07 miles around the corner, would you like free driving directions, and by the way here's ten cents off if you pay for that grande half-caf no foam extra hot latte (which Google knows is what you drank last time) using Google Checkout?

must... make... it... stopppp....