From the Official Google Blog: “Designing an infinite digital bookcase“.
“A digital interface needs to be familiar enough to be intuitive, while simultaneously taking advantage of the lack of constraints in a virtual space. In this case, we imagined something that looks like the shelves in your living room, but is also capable of showcasing the huge number of titles available onlineâ€”many more than fit on a traditional shelf. With this in mind, we designed a digital bookcase thatâ€™s an infinite 3D helix. You can spin it side-to-side and up and down with your mouse. It holds 3D models of more than 10,000 titles fromÂ Google Books.
The books are organized into 28 subjects. To choose a subject, click the subject button near the top of your screen when viewing the bookcase. The camera then flies to that subject. Clicking on a book pulls it off the shelf and brings it to the front and center of the screen. Click on the high-resolution cover and the book will open to a page with title and author information as well as a short synopsis, provided by theÂ Google Books API. All of the visuals are rendered with WebGL, a technology inÂ Google ChromeÂ and other modern browsers that enables fast, hardware-accelerated 3D graphics right in the browser, without the need for a plug-in.”
For TechCrunch (“Googleâ€™s Infinite Bookcase: An Abstract Browser For Limitless Libraries“) the double helix corkscrewÂ structure conjures up Tower of Babel suspicions. But, here’s a real Tower of Babel made of books.
Either way, it’s a fun thing to play with. Check it out yourself (best used with the Google Chrome web browser):Â Google Infinite Bookcase.
And here’s a video demo of the Google Bookcase: