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Goggles from Google

Google Goggles offers apps for Android and iOS devices.

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Keeping with Google's reputation for astonishing developments, its contribution to mobile reading is a supremely cool piece of technology called Google Goggles. This isn't an e-reader or a library database, but it is going to make the bookworm's life a whole lot easier. Goggles, for the Android and iPhone, is actually a camera app that allows you to take pictures and use those images to surf the Web. Have you ever seen something that you can't quite describe? Well, now you don't have to. Just launch this application and take a picture, and an Internet search is performed automatically based on the image. Using pictures to surf the Web? The mind boggles.

This is particularly helpful for gathering information on books. Simply snap a picture of the cover and let Goggles do the rest. No more jotting down author names or titles for future consideration; now you can get all the information about the book with a couple of clicks. Goggles also includes a language translator, so you can take a picture of a particular passage written in English, Italian, French, Spanish or German and have it translated.

The world of digital and palm-top reading is growing by leaps and bounds, and there are enough apps and technologies available to keep the most voracious reader busy.

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