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Posted at 1:24 PM ET, 12/ 7/2010

Google e-book error page introduces the Whale Fail

By Melissa Bell

In a literary spin on the error page, when readers using the new Google e-book store stumble on to a broken link or search for a page that isn't there, they'll find themselves at a "page not found" page that offers a hat tip to both Herman Melville and Twitter:


Read Write Web notes that the 404 error page teases the well-known Twitter error page. The "Twitter down" page features a giant whale that became known as the "Fail Whale."

Google's spin on this is to highlight a dejected Captain Ahab in his search for the mysterious whale. I dig the literary high-mindedness of the design.

By Melissa Bell  | December 7, 2010; 1:24 PM ET
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