pjk at design.eng.yale.edu
Mon Mar 4 14:50:41 EST 2002
Subject: Gutenberg Digitized
(from NewsScan Daily, 4 March 2002)
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS DIGITIZES GUTENBERG BIBLE
The Library of Congress has teamed up with digital imaging firm Octavo
to photograph, scan and digitize every binding, end sheet and page of
the three-volume Gutenberg Bible housed at the library -- one of
three perfect examples printed on vellum that are known today. The
other two copies are owned by the British Library in London and the
Bibliotheque Nationale in France. A similar project undertaken by the
British Library racked up 1 million hits in its first six months.
"We're hoping to take digital technology as far as it goes and bring
this book to life," says Elaine Ginger, editorial director of Octavo.
Viewers will be able to download the text in full-page format and
zoom in on high-resolution details of single letters. The
digitization process will take about six weeks, and a CD-ROM version
likely will be available for purchase through Octavo in June.
Meanwhile, the British Library recently announced that it will
digitize the first edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and will
post 1,300 high-resolution images of the 15th century work online.
(Wired.com 4 Mar 2002)
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