Calgary Herald

Google signs British Library to books project


Google plans to digitize a quarter of a million books from the British Library’s collection­s covering a period from the French Revolution to the end of slavery as part of its ambitious books project. The search engine giant has already scanned 13 million books through partnershi­ps with more than 40 libraries around the world, which it makes available through its search results.

The project involves books published between 1700 and 1870, including feminist pamphlets about Queen Marie-Antoinette and an account of a stuffed hippopotam­us owned by the Prince of Orange.

Google will bear the costs of digitizati­on, and the items will then be available for full-text search, download and reading through Google Books as well as being searchable through the British Library’s website.

“Our aim at Google has always been to give people as much access to the world’s informatio­n as is possible,” said Peter Barron, Google’s head of external relations.

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