National Archives sign at Kew Gardens Station

National Archives sign at Kew Gardens Station


19th-century books from the British Library on Kindle for free

So screams the headline of Barbara Quint's Information Today Newsbreak of February 25, 02010. The Microsoft-British Library partnership to digitize 19th century books was completed last year and Microsoft "handed over 25 million pages in 65,000 19th-century books". The British Library then struck a deal with to make these works available for free and as print-on-demand paperbacks through the bookseller's Kindle ebook reader. Quint predicts that "Expect to see the digital collection appear elsewhere as well. The Amazon arrangement is nonexclusive."

If you go to the bottom of the Amazon Kindle page you'll see links to Kindle software for the PC and Mac that allows you read Kindle ebooks on those platforms without owning a Kindle reader.

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