Catching Fingers On Google Book Search: Hand Scans

Jun 28, 2006 • 12:10 pm | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

I spotted over at Philipp that Google seems to be manually scanning books for the Google Book Search service by hand. Don't believe me? Check out the first page of The Trial and Death of Socrates. Yea, there is a hand there. Is it Matt Cutts's hand? Chris Boggs thinks so (kidding). Very nice find Dan Cohen.


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Chris Boggs

06/28/2006 04:32 pm

Yes I think that each and every Googler has to spend a week at the scanning center turning pages...


06/28/2006 08:58 pm

I think it's funnier that they try to photoshop the fingers on some pages flip through the pages here:

gary price

06/29/2006 04:21 pm

Actually, we have many more examples on ResourceShelf from another book, too! This was first reported on a library listserv about a week ago. See: We also offer a link to a video of the book scanning machine in action at the Univ of Toronto. U of T has been scanning books for several years.


01/01/2012 10:53 pm

A nice hand shot here too on the 9th page:

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