“The obsession with digital errors in Google Books.”

The Art of Google Books

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Sun, Feb 24th, 2019 13:48 by capnasty NEWS

The New Yorker brings to attention The Art of Google Books, a collection of the analogue imperfections found in paper books scanned by Google, as well as all the digital errors introduced in the process.

This phenomenon is most thoroughly documented on a Tumblr called The Art of Google Books, which collects two types of images: analog stains that are emblems of a paper book’s history and digital glitches that result from the scanning. On the site, the analog images show scads of marginalia written in antique script, library “date due” stamps from the mid-century, tobacco stains, wormholes, dust motes, and ghosts of flowers pressed between pages. On the digital side are pages photographed while being turned, resulting in radical warping and distortion; the solarizing of woodcuts owing to low-resolution imaging; sonnets transformed by software bugs into pixelated psychedelic patterns; and the ubiquitous images of workers’ hands.

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