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7,222. Choose an author as you choose a friend. (Book & Author) Wentworth Dillon c.1633-1685, Irish poet and critic, Essay on Translated Verse 1684
7,234. Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours. (Book & Author) John Ruskin, Sesame and Lilies 1865
75,352. I was sorry to have my name mentioned as one of the great authors because they have a sad habit of dying off. Chaucer is dead. Spencer is dead, so is Milton, so is Shakespeare, and I’m not feeling so well myself. (Habit & Author) Mark Twain
7,238. Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. (Book & Author) John Milton, Areopagitica 1644
7,277. A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called ‘leaves’) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time ― proof that humans can work magic. (Book & Write & Author) Carl Sagan
7,279. A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. (Book & Novel & Author) G K Chesterton, Heretics
7,659. For thousands of years mankind has dreamt of a giant library that contained every book in the world. Every human being would be able to visit this library. In the twenty-first century technology could make that dream a reality. (Internet & Book & Library & Author) Storyville: Google and the World Brain, BBC 2013
7,660. Man’s attempt to build a library that contained all knowledge began in the third century B.C. in Ancient Egypt. (Internet & Book & Library & Author) ibid.
7,661. In the late nineties, pioneers began to combine the scanner, the book and the Internet to create giant digital libraries. (Internet & Book & Library & Author) ibid.
7,662. Google scanned around ten million books. Six million of these were books in copyright – scanned without asking the authors’ permission. (Internet & Book & Library & Author) ibid.
7,663. Alongside Google and the Internet Archive, several large internet corporations have been implementing their own book scanning projects. Among them: Amazon, Microsoft and in China, Baidu. (Internet & Book & Library & Author) ibid.
7,664. Authors’ Guild files lawsuit against Google, alleging copyright infringement. (Internet & Book & Library & Author) ibid.
7,665. Google face lawsuit from American publishers. (Internet & Book & Library & Author) ibid.
7,666. Google have agreed to pay $125 million in a settlement. (Internet & Book & Library & Author) ibid.
7,667. The Settlement gave Google an exclusive right to sell scans of all out-of-print but in-copyright works. These books are sometimes known as Orphans. (Internet & Book & Library & Author) ibid.
7,668. In September 2009 the US Congress held a hearing into competition and monopoly in the digital books market. (Internet & Book & Library & Author) ibid.
7,669. In August 2009 an American court began Fairness Hearings to consider whether it should approve the Google Book Settlement. No cameras were present. (Internet & Book & Library & Author) ibid.
7,670. Judge Chin rejected the Google Books Settlement. The Authors Guild and Google remain in dispute. (Internet & Book & Library & Author) ibid.
7,671. The Authors Guild is suing Google for up to $2 billion in damages for scanning books in copyright. (Internet & Book & Library & Author) ibid.
7,672. Google continues to scan out-of-copyright books in agreement with major libraries. They are also showing snippets of copyrighted books in agreement with many publishers. (Internet & Book & Library & Author) ibid.
7,673. Now government and libraries in Europe and America are working together to build their own public and free digital libraries. (Internet & Book & Library & Author) ibid.
9,758. A work of art has an author and yet, when it is perfect, it has something which is essentially anonymous about it. (Art & Author) Simone Weil
11,920. Jahweh = J writer; Elohim = E writer; & P & D [Deuteronomist] ... The authorship theory has come to be known as Documentary Hypothesis. (Bible & Old Testament & Author) Mysteries of the Bible: Who Wrote the Bible?
11,970. Many similar discrepancies throughout its pages suggest that the Bible had more than one writer. In fact within the first five books of the Bible scholars have identified the hand of at least four different groups of scribes writing over several hundred years. This theory is called the Documentary Hypothesis. But when did the process of writing the Bible begin? (Bible & Old Testament & Author) Bible’s Buried Secrets 1/2
11,979. The two different writers became known as E for Elohim & J for Jahweh. (Bible & Old Testament & Author) Bible’s Buried Secrets 2/2
11,982. Inspires another group of scribes in the 7th century B.C. – who scholars call the D writers. (Bible & Old Testament & Author) ibid.
11,984. P creates what we know today as the first five books of the Bible. (Bible & Old Testament & Author) ibid.
12,002. The view that Moses had personally written down the first five books of the Bible was virtually unchallenged until the seventeenth century. (Moses & Author & Bible & Old Testament) Michael Coogan, Stonehill College
12,357. Four different sources? Then Moses can’t have written it [Pentateuch] at all. (Bible & Old Testament & Author & Moses) Dr Robert Beckford, Who Wrote the Bible?
12,362. The first writer – Mark – was relying on hearsay. (Bible & New Testament & Author & Mark & Gospels) ibid.
7,166. Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author's words reverberating in your head. (Read & Author & Pleasure & Head) Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies