Google Digitizing 40 Million Pages Of British Library Books

Google Digitizing 40 Million Pages Of British Library Books

Summary: Google Books and the British Library are digitizing 250,000 out-of-copyright books dating from 1700 to 1870.

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Google Books and the British Library have formed a partnership to digitize 250,000 out-of-copyright books from 1700 to 1870. That means that the public will have access to some 40 million pages of books, pamphlets, and periodicals covering a turbulent period that saw both the American and French Revolutions, the invention of the telegraph and rail travel, and the end of slavery. Oh, and Google is footing the bill entirely.

The project is anticipated to take several years, but the first items on the slate for digitization are feminist pamphlets about Queen Marie-Antoinette (1791), a story about the invention of the first combustion engine-driven submarine (1858), and an account of a stuffed Hippopotamus owned by the Prince of Orange (1775), according to the British Library's press release.

Once scanned, the British Library and Google Books will both have the texts available for text search, reading, and download right from the website. And the British Library will also keep copies in their digital vault for safekeeping. This makes them around the 40th library to strike a similar deal with Google Books.

For their part, the Google Books digitization partnership represents an extension of the British Library's Vision 2020 plan, which calls for the 258-year-old institution to leverage modern technology to improve public access to their storehouses of information.

Of course, this isn't their first foray into book digitization: both Microsoft and brightsolid have contributed to the British Library's digital archiving efforts in the past few years.

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  • Google is the Lebron James of companies

    Google only plays the first 3 quarters and quits early. When are they going to abandon this latest endeavor?

    www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/8527043/Google-abandons-newspaper-scanning-project.html
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    • RE: Google Digitizing 40 Million Pages Of British Library Books

      @facebook@... Never. This is essential for there goal to create what amount to a knowledge engine. Look at Wolfram Alpha for example of what Google want to achieve. <br>Once the books are digital form and machine readable Google will have the largest collection of human knowledge ever assemble. Why do you think Microsoft fought so hard against them on this front when it came to the legal deal giving them access orphan works in America, it because Google got a decade lead in this field and there was little chance of them ever catching up without spending billions. <br><br>The only reason they abandon there new papers projects is because new papers refuse to play bull, an some are even charging for access to there own digital archives which they created. So Google gave up. In the book world it a different story, Google got many friends and supporters of there projects and most of the world major libraries behind it. <br><br>If Google had the same for news papers it would have never been shut down.
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  • complete waste of money and time

    They evidently don't know you can go to your local public library and order any book from any library in the world free. Read them and return them.
    dwightstegall0
    • RE: Google Digitizing 40 Million Pages Of British Library Books

      @dwightstegall0 Oh dont get me started on the scam that are libraries! My local bookstore has most of the books I need and you can spend all day there! No coffee at th
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  • RE: Google Digitizing 40 Million Pages Of British Library Books

    e library!
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  • RE: Google Digitizing 40 Million Pages Of British Library Books

    I live in Thailand and free books would be wonderful for me. Used books are expensive here.
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