April 1st, 2008 | Published in Google Books
In the process of scanning and storing images of pages from over a million books, we've benefited from the fact that the book is, generally speaking, a relatively uniform medium. Most books are a bound collection of flat pages, and the variations between volumes lie primarily in page size and number of pages. Our scanning processes work well for almost all of these titles -- we scan the images, clean them up, and present them for view on the Web.
But a small subset of books possess peculiarities that make them hard for us to archive. For example, we hit a snag when trying to scan pop-up books, like this one -- how would one properly present a pop-up book in a browser? We've faced similar problems in scanning and displaying Braille books and flip books.
Intrigued? To start you off, here are a few aromatic examples:
- The Cheese Companion
- Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide
- The Science of Chocolate
- Gorillas in the Mist
We hope you enjoy the new feature, and we'll let you know when we get something working for those pop-up books.