Signs of life: the people who scan Google Books

Flipping through Dewey & Tufts’ now public domain Ethics on Google Books, I think I’ve come across the scanned image of a woman’s fingertip. Google scans books in two ways. In some cases, Google cuts the spines off of books and workers feed the stack of pages into scanning machines. In cases where the book cannot be destroyed, they have workers flip the pages while a photographic contraption snaps the pages. (See Andrew Norman Wilson’s Workers Leaving the Googleplex for more.)

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  1. Lilly says:

    Krista – thanks for this photo. You feed my fascination with the conditions of invisible technological labors.

  2. zelda says:

    a lovely image of invisible labor…

  3. Zinc says:

    Love the image, and the link! Reading the material in the apparently virtual, the network in the abstraction, the history of labor against the grain of the history of knowledge … you bring all these abstract intellectual methodology debates to life in this pithy post.