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).
This site contains all of the books (about 400) that have been digitized to date. These range over a wide variety of topics and rarity. The books are presented so that the viewer can examine all the pages in medium to medium-high resolution.
“I tend to think that if you’re going to write about sex, you have to find a way to do it which is both explicit and unembarrassing; unabashed and dirty, yet not laughably biological nor primly metaphorical. In other words, it’s a very fine line to walk.”—Poppycock | Nick Harkaway writes about writing sex.
“It took me three days to figure out that there was another side to the tape. That was not the only naive mistake that I made; I mistook the metal/normal switch on the Walkman for a genre-specific equaliser, but later I discovered that it was in fact used to switch between two different types of cassette.”—BBC NEWS |13 year old boy gives up iPod for a Walkman