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UDL Offers 1.5 Million Books Online

November 29, 2007

The Universal Digital Library (UDL) so far has scanned 1.5 million books and made them available online for free on Nov. 27. What makes UDL different from other book-scanning projects like Google are

  • the books they choose.

“If your subject is ancient archery and you have trouble because it’s not something stocked at Barnes & Noble, you can find it at the Universal Digital Library,” — Michael Shamos, UDL director of intellectual property.

  • the formats they use.

They use many open formats instead of one, including HTML, TIFF, and DjVu (an alternative to PDF)

It’s really amazing that they have completed so many books , including non-English books, in 5 years.

(via CNet News)

One Comment leave one →
  1. wildlx permalink
    November 29, 2007 8:36 pm

    Thanks for the tip on this w1. Really interesting.

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