Your own rare books library

Participants in the Open Content Alliance are scanning in hundreds of thousands of public-domain books, and Microsoft has just signed on.

A preview of a few titles, including Stephen Crane’s The Third Violet, is available at The Open Library. Cory Doctorow says the “gorgeous in-browser book-viewer … combines the best elements of a physical book (tactility, the idiosyncracies of printed type) with an electronic book (zoomability, searchability, audio).”

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