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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 36, September 6, 2009, Article 8

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN AND AMAZON.COM PRINTING OUT-OF-COPYRIGHT BOOKS

David Ganz writes:

The University of Michigan has teamed up with Amazon and is reprinting out-of-copyright books. I just bought a 1907 U.S. Mint report for under $40 - I'd been looking for a copy for five years. I also bought 1894, 1898 and 1899-1900 (two volumes in one) reprints of The Numismatist. These are all paperbound high quality reproductions and, wow, my set of The Numismatist just got a lot closer to completion (my want list was 1894-1904 except for 1903).

This development has been many years in coming, but it is the inevitable result of the digitization of literature. Print-on-demand technology has been around for a while, and it was only a matter of time before it was paired with the scanning of old and rare books from the major libraries of the world. Real books get scanned and digitized, then printed out anew for a new generation of readers.

Have other E-Sylum readers tried this service? What do you think of the quality of the printed books? What about the selection of available titles? -Editor



Wayne Homren, Editor

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