British Library partners with Google

BL and Google plan to digitise 250,000 out of copyright books.

The project aims to digitise up to 40 million pages of out of print works from the British Library's collections.  The works will be chosen from the BL's collection of works dating from 1700-1870. 

The full costs of the digitisation will be covered by Google.  The content will be delivered free to users through Google Books and the British Library's website.  Works to be digitised will include material in a variety of major European languages.  Researchers, students and others will be able to use full text search, to download to digital devices and to share and manipulate text for non-commercial purposes.

More information from the British Library.  See also News Break on Information Today.