2011 March 21 Google Books is mired in controversy. Nevertheless, Google’s archivists have added another wing to their digital storehouse. And this time, they seem to have done it right.
I am captivated by the tattered edges. These cracked pages were not some investor’s rare-books display. They were gathered by someone who longed not to own but to know; they were assembled to be used, perused, and torn apart. And this is beautiful.