Google and British Library to digitise 250,000 books

Google and the British Library announced a deal Monday to digitise 250,000 books, or 40 million pages, and put them online on the library’s website and on Google Books, AFP reported.

Google has rights to out-of-copyright publications from 1700 to 1870. The books will be available to public, free of charge, CBS News reported.

According to Dame Lynne Brindley, the British Library’s chief executive, the deal can help the library “provide perpetual access to this historical material, and we hope that our collections couple with Google’s known-how will enable us to achieve this aim.”

“What’s powerful about the technology available to us today isn’t just the ability to preserve history and culture for posterity, but also its ability to bring it to life in new ways,” said Google’s director of external relations, Peter Barron.

There is no timeline for the project yet.

Google has already scanned around 13 million books in partnerships with more than 40 libraries, The Guardian reported.

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