Friday, July 24, 2009

Reprint agreement will make some rare books widely available

The University of Michigan will make thousands of books that are no longer in copyright — including rare and one-of-a-kind titles — available as reprints on demand under a new agreement with BookSurge, part of the group of companies.

The agreement gives the public a unique opportunity to buy reprints of a wide range of titles in the UM Library for as little as a few dollars. As individual copies are sold on, BookSurge will print and bind the books in soft-cover form...

Maria Bonn, director of the UM Library’s scholarly publishing office, said the reprint program includes both books digitized by the UM and those digitized through the UM’s partnership with Google. The initial offering on Amazon will include more than 400,000 titles in more than 200 languages ranging from Acoli to Zulu.

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