Internet Archive already has 2 million free books for everyone: this is how they digitize them "the hard way"

Internet Archive is one of the sites whose work is one of the most important on the web. They have been kneading a huge library of digitized content and offering open access to all of them to anyone in the world.

In their catalog they have music, pictures, videos, movies, software, games and books. Precisely the latter have just reached the figure of two million available volumes. Is about two million modern books included in the huge collection of 28 million texts already in the archive.

Digitizing 3,500 books every day

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Internet Archive has all kinds of texts in its collection. This includes old magazines, documents, and books that are in the public domain. All of these can be found in the Open Library project.

But, in addition to this, the Internet Archive is responsible for digitizing (and the hard way) about 3,500 modern books a day, books you can borrow from the site's digital library to all those who have access to public libraries around the world.

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Chris Freeland, one of the librarians at the Internet Archive and direct from the Open Libraries program, explains: "We are making available books that people need to access online, and our users are really interested. We are doing the work of a library in the digital age. "

The books that are part of this library are digitized "by hand". From the Internet Archive they explain that they never destroy a book by cutting its binding, instead, use Scribe, a book scanner that their engineers invented along with the software they use.

Books are scanned page by page by a human operator. Scanning centers are located in universities and libraries around the world. Once a book is scanned, it undergoes various quality checks and error correction, and is finally sent back to the physical archive for long-term preservation.

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Many libraries around the world have contributed books to this project, and have been screened by educators, librarians and individuals who collaborate to offer access to all that written knowledge for new generations.

The Internet Archive is a massive project that relies heavily on donations, and for this reason they invite anyone who can to make physical donations to the archive, be it books, records, film and microfilms.

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