But the problem with Googles count, as is clear from the GBS count post itself, is that GBSs metadata collection is a riddled with errors of every sort. Or, as linguist and GBS critic Goeff Nunberg put it last year in a blog post, Googles metadata is “train wreck: a mish-mash wrapped in a muddle wrapped in a mess.”
via Googles count of 130 million books is probably bunk.
Good article pointing out the problems with 130,000,000 books number put out in a Google blog post last week. The bottom line is that the number represents Google’s best guess at a count of what it considers books based on flawed and incomplete meta data records it has on hand. As relayed to us by a software engineer.