A few weeks ago, Google released a creative little online book, 20 Things I Learned About Browsers & the Web. The virtual book, illustrated by Christoph Niemann, takes a very basic approach to explaining the web – What are cookies? What is HTML? How do I protect myself from viruses?
Not only is it a great resource for understanding the web, but the virtual book interface is just as impressive. On the surface, it looks and acts like any other flip books you may have browsed online – the pages curl, etc – but Google has used 20 Things I Learned as a display for cutting-edge technology, using HTML5 and CSS3.
Many believe that HTML5 will become the next web standard, replacing Flash. For example, HTML5 will incorporate video playback without the need of a third party plug-in (i.e. Flash, Silverlight).
20 Things I Learned is a good example of latest web technologies, a great resource for web newbies, and perhaps a subliminal Google advertisement. Not only does Google’s Chrome Browser run HTML5, but the upcoming Chrome OS will feature HTML5 powered Web Apps.
Either way, it will be exciting to see what the future holds for interactive books and magazines.