An Assessment of the Legibility of Google Books

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2010-04-29T11:47:23Z
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James, Ryan
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Google books has been criticized for faulty metadata, problems with search functionality, copyright infringement, and legibility of scanned texts. This paper explores only the legibility of texts scanned by Google Books. A review of 2500 pages from 50 randomly selected books was undertaken. The results show less than 1% of pages had errors that affected their legibility. This paper concludes that while Google Books is not perfect, the majority of texts sampled were legible.
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Author Posting. (c) Taylor & Francis Group, LLC, 2010. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Taylor & Francis Group, LLC for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Journal of Access Services, Volume 7 Issue 4, October 2010. doi:10.1080/15367967.2010.503486 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15367967.2010.503486)
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Google, Google Books
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