"Scavengers obsessively comb through page after page of Google Books, hoping to stumble upon some glitch that hasn’t yet been unearthed. This phenomenon is most thoroughly documented on a Tumblr called The Art of Google Books, which collects two types of images: analog stains that are emblems of a paper book’s history and digital glitches that result from the scanning. On the site, the analog images show scads of marginalia written in antique script, library ‘date due’ stamps from the mid-century, tobacco stains, wormholes, dust motes, and ghosts of flowers pressed between pages. On the digital side are pages photographed while being turned, resulting in radical warping and distortion; the solarizing of woodcuts owing to low-resolution imaging; sonnets transformed by software bugs into pixelated psychedelic patterns; and the ubiquitous images of workers’ hands." (Kenneth Goldsmith for The New Yorker)

Q&A: The Art of Google Books (PBS Newshour Art Beat)

Art of Google Books: Crazy Images Found Online (Huffington Post)

Rare doodles and handprints found in scanned e-books (It’s Nice That)

UF student creates art from Google Book anomalies (The Alligator)

"Might be the best blog on the web." (BF Bifocals)

"Google Books scan glitches as accidental art." (Boing Boing)

"Glitchware curated." (Beyond the Beyond: Bruce Sterling for Wired)

Digital Dog Ears (Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish, for The Daily Beast)

"A stunning gallery of failures." (MetaFilter)

"What I hope more people will start doing." (Pearl Divers United)

"Imperfect books inspire the perfect blog." (The Daily Dot)

"This hits so many of my buttons it’s untrue." (Pete Ashton)

"Who’s scanning these books? Whose hand is that?" (The Millions)

"Beautiful and compelling." (if:book Australia)

"The poetry of scanning." (Encyclopedia Virginia)

"The Art of Google Books does a great job at getting us to think about the artifactual qualities of the newly created digital objects and the process through which they were created." (Trevor Owens)

Also: Andrew Piper for SlatePicture Dept. (Newsweek/The Daily Beast), UncopyThe Digital ReaderPopCuriousUrchin Pressbook forumWSKG, Kenyon ReviewMelville House Books, Rookie, BuzzFeed Books, Jacob Edmund, Genre-X

Shows: Reitz Union (Gainesville), The Meadow (Chicago), Original Copy (Vienna), jeu de paume: espace virtuel (Paris)