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3 Million Texts for Free

Internet Archive Blog – “Hundreds of libraries reached the milestone of offering 3 million freely downloadable texts yesterday through the Internet Archive website. Our 3 millionth text is a Galileo pamphlet from the rare book collection of the University of Toronto.”

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Scanning a Braille Playboy

IA Blog – “Hi. I’m Jason Scott, adjunct archivist at archive.org, and I wanted to talk about the time I watched the Internet Archive scan in a Braille issue of Playboy magazine. Many people might not know there have even been Braille editions of Playboy, but they’ve been printed since 1970, a function of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) , which puts out a variety of transcribed versions of periodicals and books and other materials, in forms such as digital text, mp3/spoken, and of course Braille. The service has been going on since the 1930s, and makes these materials available to a wider audience than might otherwise get access. (In the 1980s, an attempt was made to drop the magazine, but it was re-instated after a court battle.) A friend of mine, Thomas Dell, had a copy and I brought it to the Archive, where we decided to scan it in.

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9/11 TV News Archive Conference from Internet Archive and New York University

IA Blog – “Internet Archive and NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program cordially invite scholars, journalists and students to a mini-conference to introduce the 9/11 TV News Archive”

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Physical Archive Launch

Internet Archive – “After 2 years of prototyping and testing a new design for sustainable long-term preservation of physical books records and
movies, we are starting with over 300,000 books and gearing up for millions.”

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Internet Archive and Library Partners Develop Joint Collection of 80,000+ eBooks To Extend Traditional In-Library Lending Model

Internet Archive – “Today, a group of libraries led by the Internet Archive announced a new, cooperative 80,000+ eBook lending collection of mostly 20th century books on OpenLibrary.org, a site where it’s already possible to read over 1 million eBooks without restriction. During a library visit, patrons with an OpenLibrary.org account can borrow any of these lendable eBooks using laptops, reading devices or library computers. This new twist on the traditional lending model could increase eBook use and revenue for publishers. “As readers go digital, so are our libraries,” said Brewster Kahle, founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive. “It’s fabulous to work with such a great group of 150 forward-thinking libraries.”

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Montana State Library Adopts the Internet Archive As Its Institutional Repository

Internet Archive Blog – “The Montana State Library (MSL) has just completed moving 3,070 born-digital state publications from OCLC’s CONTENTdm to the Internet Archive. This is a key piece of the Montana State Library’s institutional repository for state publications now hosted by the Internet Archive (IA). “

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Federal wage subsidy plan running out of cash:

SF Chron – “Several dozen workers at a book-scanning factory in San Francisco are among 3,500 city residents who are earning paychecks today thanks to a federal wage subsidy that will expire Sept. 30 unless Congress puts an additional $2.5 billion into the program.”

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Millions of books get digitized for the disabled

USA Today – “For those who are blind, dyslexic or have diseases like multiple sclerosis and have difficulty turning book pages, reading the latest best seller just got easier. Brewster Kahle, a digital librarian and founder of a virtual library called the Internet Archive, has launched a worldwide campaign to double the number of books available for print-disabled people.”

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A field trip to the Internet Archive

Washington Post – “Many people think of the Internet Archive only as the home of the Wayback Machine, the site that lets you see what pages looked like years ago. But the archive is also of the real world, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that makes its home in a former church in the Richmond neighborhood here. Archive founder Brewster Kahle took an hour to show me around the place and talk about its work — an increasing amount of which has little to do with old Web pages.”

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