The Art of Google Books

We all make mistakes at work, but most of us don’t have the misfortune of having a blog devoted to our errors. The folks working for Google’s book scanning project aren’t so lucky.

There’s a year old blog over on Tumblr called The Art of Google Books. This site, which now has over 15 thousand followers, lovingly records and explains the mis-scans, bunched up pages, and foreign objects in the scan images.

Take the image above, for example. Those are the fingers of a book scanner, when they were caught turning the page mid scan. Google’s QA process missed this error, and the book made it into the publicly accessible portion of Google Books. It was found in The Mysterious Island Dropped from the Clouds by Jules Verne.

The Art of Google Books