Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Google is going to digitalize 250,000 books of British Library

The rich and very precious collections dating from 17th to 18th Century texts are accessible to the world through British Library.  As the news have been circulating that British Library has signed contract with Google to digitalize the texts of the books and exhibits the collection.

The contract states that around 250000 most precious text will be digitalize on Google for just free reading – no copy – copy will be disabled.

As per my well sourced information the very first digitalized online reading text would be Spanish inventor Narciso Monturiol's campaign for one of the world's first submarines dating back to 1858 and a guide about French Queen Marie Antoinette. And also comprises of the period of French Revolution, invention of rail and telegraph, the British Industrial Revolution, the Crimean War and more.

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The calculated partnership is being called over by both Google and British Library as a shift in the direction of safeguarding culture and history for posterity and generating consciousness among people about their historical backdrop during the incorporation of historic documents with modern media.

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The British library has also declared partnership with IT firm BrightSolid for the digitization of 40 million
pages of text to be made available for free on Google.

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