By Jason Colman, Project Specialist, Mass Digitization
The UC Libraries have digitized hundreds of thousands of public domain books from their collections. Now, in partnership with Hewlett-Packard, many of these books will be made available for purchase as reading copies just in time for holiday shopping. For a reasonable cost, reproductions of works like John Muir’s The Mountains of California can be shipped directly to your doorstep via Amazon.com, whether for research or pleasure reading. Before reprinting, each book is digitally cleaned and enhanced to produce a better reading copy. Approximately 30,000 books are available for purchase now, and more are being added continuously.