Bob Ferry used Google Books to find old magazines that described mechanics, showed pictures and gave descriptions of a 1906 Oldsmobile Model B Runabout so he could build it 100 years later.
Lots of pics and "how to" info at the article.
posted by dbooker
on May 26, 2011 -
The continuity I have in mind has to do with the nature of information itself or, to put it differently, the inherent instability of texts. In place of the long-term view of technological transformations, which underlies the common notion that we have just entered a new era, the information age, I want to argue that every age was an age of information, each in its own way, and that information has always been unstable. Let's begin with the Internet and work backward in time.The Library in the New Age
by Robert Darnton, historian and Director of the Harvard Library. A wide-ranging overview of the status of libraries in the modern world, touching on such subjects as: journalist poker games, French people liking the smell of books, bibliography at Google, news dissemination in the 18th Century, book piracy and the different texts of Shakespeare. Some responses: Defending the Library of Google
, The Future in the Past
and Librarians Need a Better Apologetic
posted by Kattullus
on Jun 1, 2008 -
The Open Content Alliance
poses a threat to Google and Microsoft's competing library digitization projects. OCA was founded by the Internet Archive
, whose main claim to fame is the Wayback Machine, designed to archive the internet's web history. OCA's mission is to open the nation's library collections to universal web search by digitizing books and making them as widely accessible as possible. [more inside]
posted by richards1052
on Oct 22, 2007 -
has an interesting new feature called "Popular Passages"
which shows how many future books have quoted passages from the present book - it's billed as a way to follow literary memes
but would be equally helpful in sleuthing for old literary crimes
. They've also added "Share and Enjoy"
for clipping quotes from public domain books into a blog or notebook.
posted by stbalbach
on Sep 6, 2007 -
Dead Plagiarists Society
. Using Google Books to uncover old (and recent) literary crimes. "Given the popularity of plagiarism-seeking software services for academics, it may be only a matter of time before some enterprising scholar yokes Google Book Search and plagiarism-detection software together into a massive literary dragnet, scooping out hundreds of years' worth of plagiarists—giants and forgotten hacks alike—who have all escaped detection until now."
posted by stbalbach
on Dec 24, 2006 -
The Google Book
By V.C. Vickers, 1913. FAR! FAR away, the Google lives, in a land which only children can go to. It is a wonderful land of funny flowers, and birds, and hills of pure white heather.
posted by caddis
on Nov 11, 2006 -
debuts today. Working with the University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford University, The New York Public Library, and Oxford University, Google has scanned and made searchable at least ten thousand books, with many more to follow. NY Times story here
. Meanwhile, certain politicians are trying to "reign in Google"
and stop the experiment before it begins.
posted by LarryC
on Nov 3, 2005 -
The world's largest card file?
"Google is in talks with several publishers to build a service that would allow Web surfers to search the full text of books online, according to a report this week from Publishers Weekly's online site."
posted by sierray
on Oct 29, 2003 -