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The “Google Five” Describe Progress, Challenges

Among other things learned by the original five libraries that signed up with Google to have their collections digitized is this gem: “About one percent of the Bodleian Library’s books have uncut pages, meaning they’ve never been opened.” I used to find books like this at Yale and felt quite bad for their authors. Imagine all of the effort that goes into writing a book–and then no one, for hundreds of years at Oxford or Yale (bookish places with esoteric interests, wouldn’t you say?), takes even a peek inside. Evidently the long tail doesn’t quite extend all the way.

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