Jumat, 18 Februari 2011

Google Books Widget

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Want to share your library with friends, family and even the rest of the world? If that's the case, you can use my new Google Books Library Widget. Please take a look and experiment with this new widget, and let me know what you think about it.


Google Books

In Google Books you can create your own Library. Take a look here to see my small test library. As you can see, there are 2 books in this library, and I have written a small review for each of them. Creating your own Google Books Library is very easy. First of all, you need to have a Google account. As a Blogger user, you probably have one. After signing in on your Google account, select "more" from the menubar on the Google main page. This opens a small pop-up menu, where you can select "Books". This brings you to the Books-page, where you start creating your Library by "Importing Books". You can easily add books to your Library by entering a list of ISBN-numbers. Google will look up all bookdata. After importing some books, return to the Library page (click on "My Library" in the menubar), to see your Library Listing. Now you can add comments, reviews, and a ranking (0-5 stars) to your books. After setting up your Library, it is time to move on to creating the Google Books Library Widget.


Creating the Widget
Creating the Widget is done in a few easy steps:
  1. Get the URL of your Google Books Library;
  2. Create a Widget with Yahoo Pipes;
  3. Add the Widget to your Blog.

It will take less than a minute to set it up.

1. Get your Google Books Library URL
Go to your Google Books Library page. Select the contents from your browser's address bar by right-clicking on it and selecting "copy" from the popup menu.

2. Create the Widget with Yahoo Pipes
Go to my Google Books Library Pipe by clinking on the link. In the entry-field, enter the URL by right-clicking and pasting the URL you just copied. Click the "Run Pipe" button. Your Library data are retrieved, and displayed as a list of titles and descriptions.
If the output is as you expected, go on to the next step.

3. Add the Widget to your Blog
Now click on "Get as a Badge". Badge is the Yahoo-word for Widgets. This will bring up the Badge Configuration Window. In this window, click on "Customize the size, type and settings of your Badge". In the entry-field again paste your Google Books URL and click "Next". Now select "Blogger" as the destination for your Badge. This brings you to the familiar Blogger-screen, where you can select the Blog, and enter the heading for the new Page Element. Click on "Add Widget", and afterwards view your Blog.
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