Tuesday, December 14, 2004

The most amazing thing

that I have heard for ages. Digitized books aren't the be-all and end-all (real books are better), but this collaboration between Google and a number of major research libraries sounds stupendous.


  1. I really like the idea too, especially in terms of being able to search texts that have been digitized. That will make research much easier. It will be interesting to see though how we will actually be able to read these texts. I've tried reading an e-book before, both on a PDA and using Adobe e-Book Reader. The experience was novel for me, but I didn't enjoy it as much as actually holding a printed text. I love being able to write notes and comments in the margins, in addition to highlighting. Many digital readers do the latter. Now, we just need the former.

  2. Yeah, the things I use quite a lot are Early English Books Online and Eighteenth-Century Collections Online, full-image files of every book printed in English up until 1800. Useful for many purposes, but still really not as good as a week at the British Library where you can use the actual books. I can read a real book much more quickly & remember more of what I read, even compared to printing out a whole book file and reading it--the quality of the text production affects reading speed and so on. Still, I am dying to see how this is all going to look...