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The Getty Saves 300+ Books

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The headline above is intended to get the reader’s attention to the fact that an Art Museum, here, The Getty, has added over 300 Art Books to its Virtual Library, which are available , free, to Read Online  and to Download as a PDF.

The Virtual Library

“In 2014, Getty Publications launched its Virtual Library with more than 250 titles spanning its forty-year publishing history. Titles are searchable by title, author, and keyword and include full descriptions, tables of contents, links to read online, to purchase the print book, to find in a library, or to download the complete PDF for free for personal use. ” (Getty Publications).

How it Works – Clean User Interface

The Getty Virtual Library is a use of the tools of the New Media. Moreover, its UI (User Interface) is clean and easy to use. It eliminates the barriers which might be encountered in using the New Media tools. Below is a screen shot of the main page.

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The Cézanne Book

We’ll use the book, Cézanne in the Studio: Still Life in Watercolors, as out example. One click on the image of the book brings you directly to the book.

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A second click will allow you to download the book as a PDF, or read it online. Here is a (reduced( screen shot  of page 16.

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And, the text, and the images may be enlarged for ease of viewing.

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The Book and Fine Art in the New Media

The over-all goal of “the book and fine art in the new media” is to use the tools of the New Media to fulfill the mission to make literature and art accessible to everyone, everywhere. A finer point is to eliminate as many barriers between the viewer and the art so as to make the connection  seamless so that the viewer is there. This means a clean UI, the present holy grail of UI design. The Getty Virtual Library does this in a superb way. With just 3 clicks the viewer is there!


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