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'From the Desert to the Web: Bringing the Dead Sea Scrolls Online'

It's taken 24 centuries, the work of archaeologists, scholars and historians, and the advent of the Internet to make the Dead Sea Scrolls accessible to anyone in the world. Today, as the new year approaches on the Hebrew calendar, we're celebrating the launch of the Dead Sea Scrolls online; a project of The Israel Museum jerusalem powered by Google technology. ... Now, anyone around the world can view, read and interact with five digitized Dead Sea Scrolls. The high resolution photographs, taken by Ardon Bar-Hama, are up to 1,200 megapixels, almost 200 times more than the average consumer camera, so viewers can see even the most minute details in the parchment. ...

This partnership with The Israel Museum, Jerusalem is part of our larger effort to bring important cultural and historical collections online. We are thrilled to have been able to help this project through hosting on Google Storage and App Engine, helping design the web experience and making it searchable and accessible to the world. ...

-Posted by Eyal Miller, new business development at Google, and Eyal Fink, software engineer at the Israel Research and Development Center, at www.google.com on Sept. 26, 2011.

Autographed eBooks'

Some folks, collectors presumably, have lamented that the emergence of e-books (and especially books that are solely published as e-books) could mean the demise of the autographed copy.

Fret no more. ... [http://ereads.com/2011/09/first-ever-virtual-bookautographing-at-mystery-con.html]:

I've seen authors sign e- readers too.

-Posted by Stephen Abram at www. …

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