Thank you to the people that are starting to send books to the Internet Archive to be digitized. The Internet Archive digitizes already, but as semifinalists for a $100million grant from the MacArthur Foundation, we are ramping up. Our proposal is to bring 4 million of the most beloved and important books to learners by helping all libraries become digital libraries.
Bookmooch is an online book exchange community whose members list what books they have and which books they want. When you send a book, you earn a point, to receive a book you spend a point. Some people have surplus points which they have generously donated to the Internet Archive to help us build our collection.
To start on our 4 million book quest we are looking at the most assigned books on course syllabi (as aggregated by the OpenSyllabus project). We gave this list to the founder of BookMooch, John Buckman and he found 61,000 were held by community members and hundreds available right now.
The first books are starting to arrive, and there is much rejoicing! Onward!