Google’s One Million eBooks Of Crap!

Today Google cut itself loose from the exclusive arrangement it had with Sony to offer one million free ePub-formatted eBooks.

This is not something Google should brag about. The eBooks are utter crap!

Exhibit One, the original image scan:

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Exhibit Two, the ePub text:

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A typo right at the start. And it gets worse! There are typos throughout and paragraphs are even broken up too!

Exhibit Three, the Table of Contents is just an image scan with no links:

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I really don’t know why I expected this to be worthwhile. I’ve been down this road before: Google Book Search Goes Mobile: Teh Suckage

Now all you Google Book Settlement supporters: How about considering that this is what will happen to the millions and millions of Settlement books too!

For those who are technically minded, here are two screensnaps of the underlying XML:

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One Response to Google’s One Million eBooks Of Crap!

  1. Ringo says:

    Google’s e-books and Project Gutenberg may not be that good quality, but it has been a good resource for me when researching the underworld of London around 1830. There are lots of old books and documents that they have scanned and made available, that would be very hard for me to get a hand on otherwise.

    Yes, there are quite a few errors…especially in these almost 200 year old books, because the original is most likely dirty and beat up making OCR more difficult, but it’s not so bad that you can’t get the information you need, even though the odd word is complete gibberish.

    If you’re looking for quality fiction to read, even of the classics that are in the public domain, you’re probably better of purchasing an e-book, where a human has read through it, done proper layout and corrected any errors.

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