Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Tragedy of Google Books

The Tragedy Of Google Books: How ‘The Most Significant Humanities Project Of Our Time Was Dismantled In Court’

“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.” James Somers runs down the history of the massive book-scanning project and of Authors Guild v. Google – and how “perhaps the most adventuresome class action settlement ever attempted” was taken apart despite the best interests of all the parties.

Getting A Southern Accent Right Is One Of The Big Challenges Of Making Audiobooks

“Southern accents are like hot sauces: dozens of varieties that can be difficult to distinguish, but they can be subtle or heavy-handed; they can add color or be a one-note distraction. … When some people detect their presence, that’s all they can focus on. In the wrong hands they can be dangerous.” John Adamian talks to a professional audiobook narrator about the pitfalls involved.

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