Google is going to digitize 250,000 books from the British Library’s collections covering a period from the French Revolution to the end of slavery (a selection of books published between 1700 and 1870) as part of its ambitious books project.
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 and stored in its digital archive.
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.
“Our aim at Google has always been to give people as much access to the world’s information as is possible,” Peter Barron, Google’s head of external relations, told Reuters on Monday. (MS)