Monday, July 6, 2009

Operative Factors: Rare Book Room

Rare books have always been a fascination of mine. I'm not an expert by any means, but when I hear someone say "rare book" my ears perk up a little and I tend to eavesdrop on that conversation. Imagine my delight when I saw the website, Rare Book Room, where a company has digitally photographed at high resolution like 400 very popular rare books. From their website:

The "Rare Book Room" site has been constructed as an educational site intended to allow the visitor to examine and read some of the great books of the world.

Over the last decade, a company called "Octavo" digitally photographed some of the

world ’s great books from some of the greatest libraries. These books were photographed at very high resolution (in some cases at over 200 megabytes per page).

Some of the authors that they highlight on the front page are: Shakespeare, Benjamin Franklin, Redoute, Galileo, Copernicus, and Louis Renard. I think my favorite one that I've seen so far would be Benjamin Franklin's Experiments and Observations in Electricity.

Have you checked this site out before? If so, what was your favorite? If not, are you going to head over and check it out?!?

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