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Monday, July 14, 2003

In the July 12 Washington Post, Bill Broadway has a good story on the Octavo high-res digital edition of the Gutenberg Bible. Octavo has an interesting way to provide free online access and still recoup its considerable costs: it has a free edition of the full-text on its web site (660 images), and sells an enhanced edition on CDs. The $65 CD edition supports magnification of up to 200% for every image, while a $1500 CD edition supports 500% magnification. This would be an elegant solution except that the free online edition offers only thumbnails and enlargments that are roughly 12% of lifesize, far too small to read.