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Old 02-23-2011, 05:57 PM   #1
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Archive.org opens huge ebook lending library

San Francisco, CA – 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.

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Old 02-23-2011, 06:04 PM   #2
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Ooh great! Too bad I won't be able to read them on a kindle

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Old 02-23-2011, 06:11 PM   #3
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As far as I can tell this brings nothing at all new to the table and is really pretty pointless. Their non-PD loans are done through Overdrive, so if your local library doesn't have the book you want you're out of luck. Why would I use OpenLibrary when I can do a better and faster search at my own library?

Any PD books they have will be available in any number of places. I honestly don't see the point of it.

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Old 02-23-2011, 06:14 PM   #4
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PD? What's that?
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:16 PM   #5
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PD? What's that?
Public Domain.

Available here on MobileRead, at Project Gutenberg, ManyBooks, Feedbooks, and elsewhere.
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:16 PM   #6
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:17 PM   #7
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Let me quote them:

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There is a small but growing collection of eBooks available to everyone with an Open Library account, anywhere in the world. These titles come to you through the book scanning program of the Internet Archive, a registered library in California.
It worked for me, and I'm nowhere near a US public library.
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Was the book you got a Public Domain work or one under current copyright?

I looked through their Science-Fiction ebooks and saw that The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson looked interesting and was available as an ebook. I clicked on "Borrow" and got options to search libraries or stores. I picked libraries and after entering my zipcode Overdrive informed me that it wasn't available in my area .... gee thanks.

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Old 02-23-2011, 06:23 PM   #9
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A copyrighted one. I downloaded the epub with DRM (ADE) added on the fly, as always.
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:25 PM   #10
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@rogue: it's nice that they're available to everyone who has an open library account. ebooks in libraries here are almost non-existent.
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A copyrighted one. I downloaded the epub with DRM (ADE) added on the fly, as always.
Interesting, I have an account but haven't been able to download anything that's under copyright.

Edit: Perhaps it's different for people in the US. I've looked at a dozen books and none has given me an option to borrow outside of the Overdrive Library System at my local library.

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Interesting, I have an account but haven't been able to download anything that's under copyright.
I can't even find anything under copyright available through them. Every 'Borrow' link I've clicked takes me to an OverDrive search page to 'Find at a Library' or 'Find at a Bookstore'.
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I can't even find anything under copyright available through them. Every 'Borrow' link I've clicked takes me to an OverDrive search page to 'Find at a Library' or 'Find at a Bookstore'.
Same with me. I gave up looking. As far as I can see it's just a search engine for Overdrive and a collection of PD titles.
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Same with me. I gave up looking. As far as I can see it's just a search engine for Overdrive and a collection of PD titles.
It's like they're trying to reinvent the wheel.
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Gee, I found a couple of trashy romance books from the sixties that I have in paperback. Also there are a few Helen MacInnes books. I downloaded the .pdfs; haven't tried them on my e-reader yet. I thought I'd be able to try the .epub versions too--I didn't download them initially since they're apparently just unproofed OCRs--but it seems that I can only download one version.
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