Google Brings Color Back to Renaissance Books

Just keeping you updated on Google and their efforts to digitize the world. I can’t help it; I’m a Google fan. I have yet to be convinced (yeah, I’m looking at you, Kevin Kelly) that Google wants anything other than to provide free accessible information while creating provisions for any interested authors to be paid. Not that this article is any evidence of that. It’s just part of the discussion of what Google is trying to do for scholars. It’s not perfect. But it’s another resource. And they’re responding to at least some of the needs of scholars.

Google Books has scanned and uploaded 150,000 books written in the 16th and 17th centuries. But there have been repeated requests to see the volumes in “full color,” according to Dan Bloomberg and Kurt Groetsch on the Inside Google Books Blog.
Now, Google has begun that process, allowing readers to see the books as originally printed instead of rendered onto an artificially-generated white background. “Google Brings Color Back to Renaissance Books.”

It’s a short article. And this Google books initiative and the Google Books settlement (and non-settlement) are important topics for people interested in the future of the book and the future of scholarly publishing.