Category Archives: Books Archive

Boston Public Library Leads Once Again in Digital Lending

By continuing to find new opportunities to make older books, often lost or just inaccessible to the public, available online, Boston Public Library is sparking new enthusiasm among the reading public. “It’s like a giant treasure hunt for book lovers … Continue reading

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MIT Press Embraces New Access Models to Fulfill Mission

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Press was the first university press to sign an agreement with the Internet Archive to scan older print books for which it had no digital copies to make them available for one-at-a-time lending, a … Continue reading

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Protecting Books From Harm With Controlled Digital Lending

Michelle Wu began working at the University of Houston Law Library in the wake of flooding from Tropical Storm Allison in 2001. Some parts of the city had 14 feet of water and the library took in at least 8 … Continue reading

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Helping Libraries Transform their Physical Collections

This is the first in a series of blog posts highlighting how libraries and publishers are addressing the challenges of providing digital access to materials in their print collections.  Using controlled digital lending, libraries and publishers have a new model … Continue reading

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Librarians Share Benefits of Controlled Digital Lending

This summer, representatives from the Internet Archive joined librarians and advocates in Washington D.C., to talk with  policymakers about how Controlled Digital Lending, or CDL, helps their communities. The resounding response from Congressional offices was that CDL “just makes sense” … Continue reading

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Most 20th Century Books Unavailable to Internet Users – We Can Fix That

The books of the 20th century are largely not online.  They are mostly not available from even the biggest booksellers. And, libraries who have collected hard copies of these books have not been able to deliver them in a cost-efficient, … Continue reading

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Hamilton Public Library joins Open Libraries

In an effort to meet users’ growing needs around access to library materials, Hamilton Public Library has joined the Internet Archive’s Open Libraries program. “In today’s rapidly changing access to digital content, it is important that the broader library community … Continue reading

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Want to read like a celebrity?

Apparently you’re not alone. I ran across a list of celeb’s favorite books and thought you might like to check out a few. (See what I did there? Librarian pun.) Happy reading! Anna KendrickAll Quiet on the Western Front by … Continue reading

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Making Out-of-Print Pre-1942 books available with “Last 20” provision

About a year and a half ago, the Internet Archive launched a collection of older books that were determined to qualify for the “Last 20” provision in Copyright Law, also known as Section 108(h) for the lawyers. As I understand … Continue reading

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A Public Peek into 1923

Commercial radio broadcasting began in the 1920s, bringing entertainment, news and music into people’s homes. Now, instead of needing to play a 78rpm disc on your phonograph, you could just tune in to listen to popular songs. And in 1923 … Continue reading

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