21 Google Book Scans That Bring Surprising Intimacy To The Digital Book World
Just when physical book lovers were losing hope in a world of Kindles and iPads, Google Book Art emerged. Since 2011, this Tumblr has collected the detailed, often beautiful, images that lay not in the writing itself but the history of the eyes who read it.
1. A sweet child-painted drawing shows the subtle treasures hidden in books.
2. Even the images, simply titled "Employee's Hand" look like eery pieces of pop art.
3. And the basics of the library books become oddly comforting.
4. "The End" is framed by blotted ink marks.
All from A Prognostication of Right Good Effect, Fructfully Augmented Contayninge Playne, Briefe, Pleasant, Chosen Rules (1555). Digitized Jan. 20, 2011.
6. "Digitization Equipment"
The front and back of Six Questions, Stated and Answered, Upon which the Whole Force of the Arguments for and Against the Peerage-bill Depends (1719). Digitized Oct. 17, 2011.