There are those who believe Google is out to take over the world. And though that may well be true (in a virtual kind of way), the fact is that Google keeps coming out with amazing, fun, and even useful services. Here’s one for us book lovers: Authors @ Google.
Google invites authors to come speak to their company, tapes them, and then puts them on YouTube to share with the world. This is a neat resource for a couple of reasons:
1. The interviews are in-depth — most are between 30 minutes and an hour. You can really get a sense of the author and their work.
2. Even if you don’t want to read the book, just watching the video is fascinating.
3. It’s a great way to find out about interesting books you’d like to read, and not many of them are the best-seller list of books you’re likely to hear about anyway.
To browse the interviews, click here. The top of the screen looks like this:
A few examples that tempted me: Rainn Wilson, about his book SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions. Dan Savage and Terry Miller, on their book It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying. Rick Najera, an award-winning actor-writer-director-producer with credits in film, television, theatre and Broadway. Mary Roach, on her book Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void.
The list goes on and on. Check it out for yourself!