Two Million Free Texts Now Available

homiliaryThe Internet Archive is pleased to announce an important manuscript, Homiliary on Gospels from Easter to first Sunday of Advent, as the 2,000,000th free digital text. Internet Archive has been scanning books and making them available for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public for free on archive.org since 2005.

“This 1,000 year old book which has only been seen by a select few people, can, with the technology of today, be shared with millions tomorrow,” said Robert Miller, Director of Books of the Internet Archive. “Selecting this title for the 2 millionth text is a fitting tribute to the team of scanners who have been carefully working for the past 5 years.”

The Homiliary manuscript was copied on parchment by at least three different scribes at the important medieval Abbey of St. Martin in Tours less than 100 years after having been composed by Heiric of Auxerre and is the oldest known copy of Heiric’s original text.

“Handwritten in Latin by a number of scribes in a script inspired by the court of Charlemagne, this rare and beautiful treasure from the first millennium of Christianity, is one of the gems in the renowned collection of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. The Institute is dedicated to transmitting the inheritance of the Middle Ages to new generations; to deepening our understanding of the life and ideals of Western culture in the time of its first youth,” said Jonathan Bengtson, Director of Library and Archives, University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto & Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.

About the Internet Archive:

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit digital library based in San Francisco that specializes in offering broad public access to digitized and born-digital books, music, movies and Web pages.

Internet Archive partners with the University of Toronto and over 150 libraries and universities around the world to create a freely accessible archive of texts representing a wide range texts which include non-fiction and fiction books, research and academic texts, popular books, children’s books and historical texts.

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7 Responses to Two Million Free Texts Now Available

  1. Maureen says:

    That would be nice, if books by Dante weren’t coming up as written by “Danta Alighieri”.

    What the heck kind of horrible excuses for catalogs and metadata are you people using??? And why can’t we even leave comments to ask you to correct this stuff??? It doesn’t matter if you have every book in the universe, if you can’t find what you’ve got!

  2. tessa says:

    I am interested to see books by/about artists but cannot find how to access them!!!

  3. sawwan says:

    Al-Resalato Al-wogodiah In Araby Manuscript

  4. johnzi says:

    FOR STUDY

  5. hussain says:

    i am interested to find phlosophical books, but i could’nt.

  6. Mark Lister says:

    I want
    1 Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham
    2 Venus In India Part 2

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