I've discovered a new tool available for the GoogleBooks Search that enables one to embed a book reader into a blog entry -- much like one can do with YouTube videos.
For those of you unfamiliar with Google Books, its an initiative
Google has been working on for several years now, with the goal of
digitizing all the books of the world (more or less). They've been
partnering with libraries to scan their book collections, and then they
make them available online. Truly grand.
Even better: When the book or magazine is out of copyright one can
download the entire text, thus, I've been developing my own library of
I've found some super interesting and often amusing stuff; I'm particularly fond of old craft and homemaking publications.
Here's one for you:
The Home Cook Book: Tried and True Recipes
By Christ Church, East Orange, N.J. Women's Working Guild. St. Thecla Chapter
Published by T.J. Brown, Eager & Co., 1876
Original from Harvard University
Digitized Dec 28, 2007
You can search and
read the whole thing right here, below. You can use the Search bar or
browse, and navigate by holding on to your mouse button and just moving
up or down.
Also, if you click on the "More About" link on the
bottom right of the embedded graphic below, you'll be taken to the
GoogleBooks search result for this book, and be able to download the
whole thing as a PDF.