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The British Library will offer 65,000 free eBooks for Kindle owners

Posted by admin on February 10, 2010

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The British Library

The British Library has joined forces with Microsoft to offer Kindle and Kindle DX owners access to 65,000 free eBooks.

The eBooks, which are all works from the 19th century, will include titles by Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy and will be available for download this spring.

Microsoft and the British Library have been digitising the books for the past three years and have been concentrating on 19th century works because they are out of copyright and can legitimately be offered free.

The British Library also revealed that around 35 to 40 per cent of its 19th century books, all of which have now been digitised, can not be found in other public libraries and are unlikely to be found for sale in second hand bookshops or online.

Kindle and Kindle DX owners will be able to get their hands on free eBooks from the British Library this spring.

Source: CIO.co.uk

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