I like Gallica. I really do. I’ve found lots of good things on the BN’s digital repository – many books, including some that aren’t even in Google Books.
But they still haven’t figured out exactly how the digital age works, and that confuses me. The particular problem that vexes me stems from their recent (within the past few years) inclusion of archival documents on their website. Downloadable. For free. That’s great. But then you find this:
What? A little too small you say? OK, let me just zoom it in, say 300% so it’s nice and big.
You can click the image to see a larger version. Yes. That’s what it actually looks like at full resolution. They’ve scanned thousands of volumes of archival documents (presumably from microfilm), and you can barely read them.