Category Archives: Books Archive

Announcing the Open Library redesign

We’re very excited to announce the “soft launch” of our brand new Open Library site! This is version 1 of a reconstructed Open Library, and we’re going to keep it “soft” at a special URL until we’re sure it’s stable … Continue reading

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Before, After and the writing quill

Being a graphic designer I take a keen interest in typography. I came across a book explaining the origins of roman, serif and cursive letterforms: http://www.archive.org/details/freehandletterin00wils I noticed it was copyright 1906. So, being from San Francisco it got me … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger: Barbara Janis of the Presidio Trust

The Presidio Trust is a unique organization. It is a federal agency guiding the transformation of a former military post into a self-sufficient national park. The documents added to the Internet Archive record the steps in this evolution. The main … Continue reading

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Celebrate Banned Books Week 2009

If you wander into your local bookstore or library within the next week, it’s likely you will see a shrine of sorts to banned books. Those who ban books work to lock up particular controversial writing from readers, but an … Continue reading

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Travels with the FWP

“To support writers, editors, researchers, and historians during the Great Depression, the United States government created a program called The Federal Writers’ Project as part of the Works Project Administration, under FDR’s New Deal. The most famous works coming out … Continue reading

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Special Collections From the UCLA Scanning Center

More and more libraries are partnering with Archive.org to provide online access to their special collections. With this post we feature some of the fascinating collections made available online by the University of California Los Angeles The UCLA Elmer Belt … Continue reading

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The Library of Congress at Your Fingertips

To visit The Library of Congress has long been thought of as a distinguished event for the privileged few. Most people throughout the world are unable to get to Washington D.C., so the plethora of resources housed in the library … Continue reading

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Swirl, Sniff, Sip With The Bancroft Library

The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley preserves some of the most intriguing rare and hard-to-find books in the country. According to their Web site, their holdings include 60,000 manuscript items, 8,000,000 photographs/pictorial materials, 43,000 microforms, and 23,000 … Continue reading

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Home of the Brave

Gentlemen and ladies, please remove your hats for the singing of our national anthem. We sing it at the beginning of sporting events, during worship services, at memorials for veterans, and in grade school music class. The first verse of … Continue reading

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Yiddish Literature Online

A note from Internet Archive’s founder, Brewster Kahle: Over ten thousand Yiddish texts, estimated as over 1/2 of all the published works in Yiddish, are now online based on the work of the National Yiddish Book Center, volunteers, and the … Continue reading

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200 Candles for Abraham Lincoln

Just about 200 years ago, or 10 score as Abraham Lincoln might say, one of the most iconic presidents in history was born. On February 12, 1809, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks gave birth to a baby boy in a … Continue reading

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Other People’s Money

Melvyn Urofsky suggested in a New York Times op-ed yesterday that Obama and his new administration can learn a few things from Louis Brandeis’s 1914 book, Other People’s Money, and How the Bankers Use It. Brandeis wrote the book after … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Lewis Carroll!

To celebrate, I would suggest having an Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland party. Lewis Carroll, whose legal name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, provided readers with one of the most fantastical and adored lands. Is there one among us who hasn’t dreamed … Continue reading

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Storytime With Internet Archive

Sometimes nothing sounds better than hopping into your pajamas, crawling under the covers, and reading a children’s book. I really don’t think age matters; I recently picked up The Little Prince from the library and enjoyed my night in bed … Continue reading

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Bingley, Bertram, and Bennet Archived

Her novels are pored over in book clubs. Her life has been studied in films and biographies for the last 200 years. Her techniques are emulated and adored by writers around the world. Jane Austen has continued to be one … Continue reading

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