I went to have a look.
Since I have become very familiar with London’s book, I zeroed it on that one to see what it looked like on the new mobile Google Book Search.
In short: It’s FAIL!
Just look at these screensnaps, with click to enlarge:
I squeezed the desktop Firefox window to simulate a cellphone screen. Pretty neat at first glance, eh? I thought for sure this would replace all the work I’ve been doing on my ePub edition.
But then … eh, WTF?
From the first word, it’s riddled with typos!
And it just goes on and on like that:
At first, I thought all they were doing was re-using the dreadful OCRed text. But something else is going on here. Something bizarre. Look at the OCRed text (click to enlarge):
The first word is correct and the other artifacts aren’t present!
So what is Google doing here?
I’m not sure.
But it’s sloppy, inexcusable, and tantamount to vandalizing historical texts.
I will continue with my ePub version.
Unlike Google, with its thousands of employees and billions of dollars in the bank, I care about the work of writers. My version won’t have typos.