Methodology 50 randomly selected books –Random.org –OED 2,500 pages examined for legibility errors –First fifty pages, excluding prefatory material Major errors = loss of information Minor errors = difficult to read information
Summary of Results Legibility Number of Books50 Number of Pages2500 Major Errors15 % of Pages with Major Errors0.6 Minor Errors9 % of Pages with Minor Errors0.36 % of Pages with both types of errors 0.96
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Final thoughts How significant are the errors found in Google Books? Is it useful to patrons? What role can Google Books play?
James, R. (2010). An Assessment of the legibility of Google Books. Journal of Access Services, 7(4), 223-228. pre-pub version: http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10 125/15358 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org