Saturday, July 7, 2007

Amazon and rare-book project

Amazon enters book digitization jungle with rare-book project's BookSurge subsidiary announced Thursday that it has partnered with book digitization company Kirtas Technologies on a project to archive and distribute hard-to-find books. This new initiative involves collaboration with public and university libraries to provide their collections of "rare and inaccessible" books; the titles will be digitized through Kirtas and then reproductions will be sold through Amazon through the BookSurge print-on-demand service.
In return, the partner libraries--initially consisting of Emory University, University of Maine, and the public libraries in Toronto, Ont. and Cincinnati, Ohio--will receive a cut of the revenue to fund further book preservation efforts, provided the titles are in the public domain or the libraries own the rights to them.
"There are thousands of books that have been unavailable altogether or incredibly difficult to find and access," BookSurge general manager David Symonds said in a statement, "so we're thrilled to be making reproductions of these unique, collectible books available to millions of customers."( more from

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