Google has unveiled NotebookLM, its experimental AI-powered online note-taking application previously accessible to chosen users via a waitlist. It is now open to all users across the United States upon their voluntary opt-in and is offered free of charge.
NotebookLM, a collaboration with author Steven Johnson, enables users to consolidate multiple documents from their computers on Google Drive into a unified digital notepad. Users can engage with Google’s AI by asking questions that the AI can answer using the uploaded documents.
The AI tool has also got some recent updates; one of them is integrating the notebook with the Gemini AI model, Google’s most advanced AI chatbot. Apart from this, NotebookLM has undergone various other enhancements, allowing it to analyze and reference up to 20 documents simultaneously, with a capacity of 200,000 words per document.
NotebookLM faces one significant limitation: it lacks the capability to analyze or explore web links, even when included by the user in their notes. This omission appears substantial, particularly for a company like Google, known for its extensive crawling and indexing of the entire web.
Rather than allowing direct analysis of web content, users must manually save and upload webpage PDFs or copy and paste the text into a Google Doc within their Google Drive for NotebookLM to access and reference that information.