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June 15, 2006

Google's Shakespeare: Bard's publishers need not fret

Stephen Baker

I was surfing through Google's complete Shakespeare, and I looked up one of my favorite quotes from Julius Caesar.

Let me have men about me that are fat, Sleek-headed men, and such as

sleep o' nights. Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look ...

It appears that whichever machine was combing through the paper pages got jammed, and the page is utterly unreadable. Is love's labor lost? I'd say rather, all's well that ends well: Google produces a formidable research tool, and publishers still have buyers for their books--at least for a while. By the way, they have a convenient feature to report this type of problem. I'll check back in a day or two to see how quickly they respond.

05:47 PM

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Books are worth the effort. Paper is cheap enough. Ink is expensive. It's cheaper by the barrel. It's interesting watching companies trying to create a digital version. I think Amazon has the right idea. Internet technology can improve book sales. No technology can help sell a really bad book.

Posted by: Dermitt at June 18, 2006 12:38 PM

The blogster doth protest too much. -- Will

Posted by: William Overal at June 18, 2006 01:53 PM


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