End of Year Message from the Internet Archive

December 2008

Dear Friends of the Archive,

I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits. The Internet Archive is strong and healthy. We have had a fun, busy year almost doubling our library of audio, video, and books. We are growing in every area and would like to share our accomplishments with you who have helped make it all possible.


Highlights of the Year 

  • One million searchable, downloadable books go
  • 150 billion web pages go
  • 250,000 audio recordings go
  • 135,000 videos go
  • 796 new collections
  • 23 million Book Records on the new OpenLibrary.org site
  • Scan-on-Demand partnership with Boston Public Library
  • 182 employees in 18 facilities in 5 countries scanning 1,000 books a day
  • 145 libraries contributing to the Open Content Alliance go
  • 140,000 images and videos on the new partnership with NASA NASAimages.org

We hope that throughout the last year you were able to use the Internet Archive both as a learning tool and for your enjoyment. It is through your generous donation of time and resources that we are able to provide such a vital, free, and unique resource. For our holiday gift to you this year, we wanted to share with you our favorite book from each of three categories: Children’s books, Illustrations, and the Holiday Season. Please find your digitized books by clicking the covers below. I hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoy sharing them with you.

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Now more than ever, we really need your support. Your tax-deductible gift of $50, $100, $500 or more will immediately be put to work. All donations of $500 or more will be acknowledged on our website. Please visit our website, www.archive.org/donate to donate or contact June Goldsmith at june@archive.org.

Best wishes for the Holiday Season and Universal Access For All.


Brewster Kahle,
Digital Librarian