Google teams up with British Library to bring 250000 outofcopyright books online

first_imgThanks to a partnership that Google has just made with the British Library, we can finally read feminist pamphlets about Queen Marie-Antoinette from 1791 and an account of a stuffed hippopotamus owned by the Price of Orange from 1775. The United Kingdom’s national library is one of the world’s largest in terms of the number of materials, so it’s only natural that Google would want to help digitize some of the millions of books in the British Library.The collection holds about 150 million items, including books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers, and sound recordings. Soon, people around the world will be able to access 250,000 out-of-copyright books from the British Library via their computer, and Google’s paying for the whole thing. The material, which will be selected by the British Library will focus on books that are not freely available online in digital form, will be free at the British Library’s website or via Google Books.The material will span the dates of 1700 to 1870 — a period that saw the French and Industrial Revolutions, the Crimean War, the invention of the railroad and the telegraph, the start of UK income tax, and the end of slavery, according to a statement from the British Library.Dame Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library said that the partnership with Google allows the British Library to build on the “proud tradition” of giving everyone access to as much of the world’s information as possible to make sure that education and knowledge wasn’t only achievable for those who could afford private libraries. He said the partnership allows them to give “access to anyone, anywhere and at any time.”This isn’t the first partnership Google has made with a library; it has about 40 similar partnerships with libraries around the world. Readers will be able to view, search, and copy the out-of-copyright works for free, but it will take a few years to actually complete this project.Read more at the British Library, via PCMaglast_img read more