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Google to scan 400,000 Austrian national library books

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Austria's national library said Tuesday it has struck a 30-million-euro deal with US Internet giant Google to digitise 400,000 copyright-free books, a vast collection spanning 400 years of European history. Johanna Rachinger, the head of the ONB library, hailed what she called an "important step," arguing at a news conference that "there are few projects on such a scale elsewhere in Europe." The Austrian library project concerns one of the world's five biggest collections of 16th- to 19th-century literature, totalling some 120 million pages, the ONB said in a statement....

 

...via AFP

 

I guess the scare of a couple of years ago where the library almost burned down made the decision easier to preserve the works. The Austrian National Library has some very very interesting works like the Vienna Discurides

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