|Weekly News Digest
February 5, 2009 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.
CLICK HERE to view more Weekly News Digest items.
Cornell University Library Expands POD on Amazon
Expanding an ongoing partnership with Amazon.com, Cornell University Library is increasing its print-on-demand (POD) offerings to more than 80,000 titles. By the end of 2009, tens of thousands of new books will be added to the approximately 6,000 items in Cornell’s collection already available on Amazon. All of the books are in the public domain in the U.S., and many are currently out of print.
Positive feedback from users helped contribute to the decision to expand the number of titles available. The books that will be added throughout 2009 were digitized with the support of Microsoft over the last 2 years. These new volumes represent a substantial part of the library’s rare and unique offerings that were printed before 1923.
They will reflect Cornell’s subject strengths, including American history, English literature, astronomy, food and wine, general engineering, the history of science, home economics, hospitality and travel, human sexuality, labor relations, Native American materials, ornithology, veterinary medicine, and women’s studies. Collections already available for reprint from Amazon include New York state historical literature, core historical literature in agriculture, historical math monographs, and materials related to home economics.
Cornell University Library has been a cutting-edge participant with print-on-demand services and mass digitization initiatives, partnering with multiple outlets to make its collections available to the public. The partnership with Amazon began in 2006, and the library is currently engaged in a large-scale digitization initiative with Google that will create 500,000 digitized books over the next 6 years.
For a sample of the titles offered on Amazon, go to http://bookstore.library.cornell.edu.
Source: Cornell University Library
Send correspondence concerning the Weekly News Digest to NewsBreaks Editor