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Hilarious Ebook Scanning Error Replaces ‘Arms’ With ‘Anus’

Hilarious Ebook Scanning Error Replaces ‘Arms’ With ‘Anus’

Well, this is awkward. You’re reading a 19th-century romance novel where the plucky heroine is finally reunited with her lover, so she joyously flings “her anus around his neck”. Wait, what? It turns out this is a surprisingly common turn of events in Google Books search. OCR, you sure have…

Travellers Beware: Google Play Might Delete All Your Books

Travellers Beware: Google Play Might Delete All Your Books

It’s easy to forget that owning something digitally is way different from owning it for real. And if you do forget, it can bite you in the arse. That’s what happened to Jim O’Donnell when he traveled into Singapore and found that Google Play Books app on his iPad had…

Google’s $US125m Settlement Over Digitised Books Rejected

Google’s $US125m Settlement Over Digitised Books Rejected

A federal judge has ruled against Google’s $US125 million proposal to settle with publishers and authors whose out-of-print books Google digitised without permission. The judge feels the settlement is too favourable towards Google. Rough. [NY Times via Engadget]