Google Says There Are 129, 864, 880 Books In The World

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And, no, that half-finished diary, er, memoir in your desk drawer doesn’t count.

Mashable reports that Google has determined that there are nearly 130 million books that were written during modern history. They arrived at this number while cataloging for Google Books, by working with International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN), the Library of Congress and the database WorldCat and then using algorithms to filter out duplicates and government documents.

But exactly how does Google define a book? Google software engineer, Leonid Taycher, offers this stipulation in a description of the process:

“One definition of a book we find helpful inside Google when handling book metadata is a ‘tome,’ an idealized bound volume. A tome can have millions of copies (e.g. a particular edition of Angels and Demons by Dan Brown) or can exist in just one or two copies (such as an obscure master’s thesis languishing in a university library).”

So there you have it. If you were ever a graduate student (and completed your thesis), Google considers you an author. Though others may still consider you the worst person in the world. (via Mashable)

2 comments
renfieldc
renfieldc

Putin has the courage of his convictions. Obama has convictions with no courage.

Openminded1
Openminded1

This is why the military has criminal investigations units, most  are civilian special agents, that way they do not answer to the chain of command. The navy as NCIS, the Air force has OSI and the Army has CID. Some are military but many are civilians especially with the the Air force and Navy/marines. Army has  a lot of special agents that are regular army many at the warrant officer rank. They are suppose to be able to work cases without interference from the chain of command. The main problem with the military is not just a double standard for enlisted and officer ranks which there is, but there is even a difference between some one who is a E1 thru E3 then there is for NCO's and Sr NCO's. But when you get to Sr ranking officers from 06 and above especially Generals it is another world investigating them.