In my last entry, I mentioned online books. I actually do work for Project Gutenberg, a non-profit organization that makes online books. I've done 38 so far, and it's sort of a lot of work.
Google has a program called Google Books, which basically means they ran a bunch of books through their super-powered scanner and uploaded it to the web. So now you can read those books online whenever you want.
The problem is that Google has the computer do all the work, instead of having an actual human look at the book. For example, one book I'm editing now is called Mary, Help of Christians. Here is one of the last pages of the book, as told by Google:
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Yes, for some reason, most of the page is missing in their version. But now that problem is never going to be fixed, because the book has already been processed.
Not to mention all the other problems that appear, like when the computer thinks the book has the word "vvho" instead of "who", or any number of common scannos. You need humans to proofread the work to make sure none of those computer errors get through. But Google doesn't have any humans proofread, so their book program is full of errors.
I think the point I'm getting to is that online books aren't good enough right now, so give me real books instead. And my summer location is right next door to a library, which is really cool.