Google Book Search Begins Adding Quality Control Measures

As predicted in this space six months ago, Google has added the ability for users to report missing or poorly scanned pages in their Book Search. (From my post “Google Books: Champagne or Sour Grapes?“: “Just as they have recently added commentary to Google News, they could have users flag problematic pages.”)

I’ll say it again: criticism of Google Book Search that focuses on quality chases a red herring—something that Google can easily fix. Let’s focus instead on more substantive issues, such as the fact that Google’s book archive is not truly open.

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