December 1, 2012

"Unlike books, we cannot feel the impressions of the digital. The touch of the page brings us into the world, while the screen keeps us out. All that remains of the hand is a ghostly remnant of its having been there at the time of scanning, like the chance encounters with scanners’ hands from Google Books, accidental traces of the birth of the digital record. The hand no longer points, like the typographic manicule; rather, it covers over or gets in the way. Hand was there, we might say.” 

The Art of Google Books was mentioned in Andrew Piper’s recent contribution to Slate, “Out of Touch: E-reading isn’t reading.”

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    SO true …for me anyhow
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  10. tothebatfax said: Andrew* Piper. Also super neat!
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