The British Library and Google announced a major initiative to digitize a quarter-of-a-million books
, providing free online access to an important historical collection. The press release states:
"This project will digitise a huge range of printed books, pamphlets and periodicals dated 1700 to 1870, the period that saw the French and Industrial Revolutions, The Battle of Trafalgar and the Crimean War, the invention of rail travel and of the telegraph, the beginning of UK income tax, and the end of slavery. It will include material in a variety of major European languages, and will focus on books that are not yet freely available in digital form online."
The books will be available on the British Library Web site
and on Google books
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