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Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria - The Atlantic
[See also: "Google Books was the company’s first moonshot. But 15 years later, the project is stuck in low-Earth orbit." ]
googlebooks  2017  jamessomers  digital  libraries  copyright  google  books 
april 2017 by robertogreco
Writefull | A new way of writing with confidence
"Writefull is a light-weight app that uses data from Google Books (5+ million books) and the Web to give you language support. All you need to do is select a chunk from your text, activate the Writefull popover, and choose one of its options:

Check the number of results
Not sure if what you’ve written is correct? Writefull tells you how often your selected text is found in the database. If the number is low, this means it has not been used by many writers before you, and you might want to change it into something else. If the number is high, your selected text is good as it is!

Compare the number of results
Sometimes you’re doubting between two or more ways of writing something. Writefull allows you to enter two chunks and directly compare their number of results. This shows you which one is better for you to use.

See examples in context
Even if you know your text is correct, you may want to see how it is used in context. Writefull shows examples of your selected text in the Wikipedia database.

Find words in context
Writefull also shows you which words are used most often in a context you have selected. This function is useful when you are not sure how to fill a gap – for example, which preposition to use, or which adjectives to use before a certain noun.

Find synonyms in context
What if you want to say something using different words? Writefull gives you a list of the most frequently used synonyms in the text you have selected. This comes in handy when you want to know if there is a more appropriate word for you to use in to your particular context."
writing  applications  context  search  via:lukeneff  windows  mac  osx  googlebooks  google  writefull  tools  software  utilities 
march 2014 by robertogreco
Library of the Printed Web
"Library of the Printed Web is a collection of works by artists who use screen capture, image grab, site scrape and search query to create printed matter from content found on the web. LotPW includes self-published artists’ books, photo books, texts and other print works gathered around the casual concept of “search, compile and publish.”

Artists featured in LotPW drive through vast landscapes of data to collect and transform digital information, visual and otherwise, into analog experience; every work in the collection is a printed expression of search engine pattern discovery. Many of the works in LotPW share common production and publishing techniques (e.g., print-on-demand), even as the content itself varies widely.

I’ve assembled this set of materials because I see evidence of a strong, emerging web-to-print-based artistic practice based on the search engine and other algorithmic operations; as this view matures, the inventory of LotPW may grow to reflect new concepts and methodologies.

Rather than draw boundaries or define a new aesthetic with LotPW, I posit this presentation of printed artifacts as a reference tool for studying shifting relationships between the web (as culture), the artist (as archivist) and print publishing (as a new/old self-serve schema for expressing the archive).

Library of the Printed Web exists both as a physical collection of book works and as an online representation of these works. The permanent collection is based in Long Island City, NY and includes one copy of each item in the inventory, except where noted. LotPW will launch as a table-top presentation at Theorizing the Web, CUNY Graduate Center, 1–2 March 2013.

To suggest a title or artist to be included in Library of the Printed Web, or for any other inquiries, contact Paul Soulellis."
art  library  libraries  books  papernet  2012  libraryoftheprintedweb  googlebooks  LotPW  paulsoulellis  screencapture  digital  search  flip-flop 
february 2013 by robertogreco
ANDREW NORMAN WILSON: Workers Leaving the Googleplex [Bookmarked in some other way too, I think, but again here just in case.]
"The personal project at this point is nothing beyond a general curiosity towards the ScanOps workers. I don’t know enough about the situation to pursue any further understanding and now that I know it’s so super-secret, I probably never will have the chance to. I think Google does a lot of great things socially and politically but found it interesting that these workers, who perform labor similar to that of many red-badge contractors, such as software engineers, custodians, security guards, etc., are mostly people of color and cannot eat Google meals, take the shuttle, ride a bike, or step foot anywhere else on campus. With backgrounds in sociology and political philosophy, I wasn’t approaching this as an act of muckraking, but rather as an analysis of the transition from industrial labor to information labor and what this could mean in terms of race and class."
google  labor  inequality  culture  politics  art  2011  industrial  scanops  googleplex  informationlabor  work  race  class  googlebooks 
may 2011 by robertogreco
Sam Anderson on When the Meganovel Shrank - The 00's Issue -- New York Magazine
"What new species of books, then, have proved themselves fit to survive in the attentional ecosystem of the aughts? What kind of novel, if any, can appeal to readers who read with 34 nested browser tabs open simultaneously on their frontal lobes? And, for that matter, what kind of novel gets written by novelists who spend increasing chunks of their own time reading words off screens?"
2000s  bestof  literature  writing  media  books  culture  fiction  newmedia  reading  attention  technology  robertobolaño  googlebooks  samanderson  davidmitchell  michaelchabon  davidfosterwallace  infinitejest  postmodernism  daveeggers  junotdíaz  toread  00s 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Bookfuturism | mapping the future of reading [Background:]
" is a digital commons and multi-user blog open to anyone interested in the future of reading. It's also a social network for bookfuturists - men and women who believe that books, bookshops, libraries, publishers, newspapers, authors, and readers have a future -- albeit one that may be radically different from the present -- and who want to participate in that future."
bookfuturism  books  innovation  publishing  copyright  googlebooks  future  bookstores  booksellers  technofuturism 
december 2009 by robertogreco

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