More Google Books OCR errors: Of Arms and the Anus

If you’re a little sensitive to NSFW language, you might stop now. Apparently a number of otherwise innocent books are recognizing “arms” as “anus.”The romance blogger Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (direct links don’t seem to work) pointed out the OCR problem in a tweet (“So if the text is old, and it says […]

Google Books scanning problems

On Exlibris Eric White at the Bridwell Library shared a link to a funky, nearly artistic scanning problem with a Latin Acta et decreta Synodi dioecesanae Strigoniensis, celebratae Tyrnaviae (1629) –all versos appear colored in a beautiful range of blues and yellows. His message: We were talking a while back about things that go wrong […]

Blouin on Google book scanning

F.X. Blouin in the current issue of RBM writes about the Google Book scanningThoughts on Special Collections and Our Research Communities: (in RBM)Toward the end of August in 2009, a van pulled up to the loading dock of the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan. Book trucks were unloaded and moved into the […]