The Art of Google Books

If you like to flip through The Unbound Book (my book art photoblog), then I have  treat for you. There’s a photoblog over on Tumblr that records and explains scanning errors from the Google Books project. It’s called The Art of Google Books.

You can see one example at right. Someone inadvertently hit the scan button while they were flipping the page.

I’ve just now found the blog, but it’s been around since April of last year. It now has 15 thousand followers, so I wonder how I managed to miss it.

The Art of Google Books

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Loïc13 February, 2012

    Er, you know, Google Books does not do flatbed scans; the actual pages are scanned while these pages are turned.(
    These are of course actual scanning errors, but there is no gnome pressing the scan button on each page 😉

    1. Nate Hoffelder13 February, 2012

      Except that Google Books’ setup is sophisticated enough that they probably do have a scan button. It might be attached to a couple cameras, but the button is still there.

  2. Chris14 February, 2012

    Spiffy. Now if they can just manage to make the ebooks themselves not suck, that’d be super.

  3. Ken22 April, 2012

    I love Google Books, but I normally just download the book as a PDF and read it that way.


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