I have just discovered the British Library’s Turning the Pages website, and spent a happy afternoon perusing Leonardo’s notebooks, the Lindisfarne Gospels, and Blackwell’s Herbal, amongst others. This is an amazing site. It allows you to turn the pages of precious books, view the illustrations and text close-up and each one is accompanied by a commentary about the book that you can view on the screen or listen to using the audio button.
I learnt about this site by reading news reports on Yahoo’s best internet sites vote, where this site unaccountably came second to Weebl’s Stuff.
This is what the internet is for.