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[BKARTS] LoC celebrates its birthday, and other book links



more book links via metafilter.com

In my opinion the first link is passable for this list.  The second
two are marginal, but I recall a recent request for online books.
They perhaps also have some relevance to the recent copyright topic.

My apologies for any wasted bandwidth.

- Duncan


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Today, the Library of Congress celebrates its birthday. On April 24,
1800, President John Adams approved the appropriation of $5,000 for
the purchase of "such books as may be necessary for the use of
congress."

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/apr24.html


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"The total number of books published in Afghanistan is comparatively
modest. The printing press came late to Afghanistan: lithography
first and then, in the second decade of the 20th century, typography.
The country's only printing house was a government enterprise that
was fairly limited in its output. According to the best available
information (Wasil Noor, 1980), the first book printed in Afghanistan
was an anti-Wahhabi tract published in 1871. Between 1871 and 1978,
Noor lists 1,343 titles. Another source that adds some corroboration
to this number lists 400 books published between 1951 and 1965.

"Since the fall of the Taliban and the installation of the interim
government in Afghanistan, the NYU Libraries, in conjunction with
NYU's Department of Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for Near
Eastern Studies, and the Center for International Cooperation, has
begun development of the Afghanistan Digital Library in aid of the
reconstruction effort now underway in that country. The aim is not
simply to restore the availability of books that may have been
destroyed or dispersed from libraries in Afghanistan in the course of
twenty-five years of civil war. Copies of Afghan publications
predating 1930 are extremely rare, and the project will also make
hitherto inaccessible materials universally available in electronic
form to anyone with a serious interest in the country's history and
culture and with access to a computer. "


http://www.nyu.edu/its/pubs/connect/spring03/afghan_library.html


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The Online Books Page
Celebrating 10 years listing free books on the Web - Updated April 24, 2003


http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/


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