Tonight the British Library hosted a very nice reception for a small number of (mostly) British publishers. It was in the John Ritblat Gallery at the Library. This Gallery is open to the public, although normally they don’t serve wine and canapes to the public. If you’re ever in London, the Gallery is something not to be missed. The Magna Carta and other historical documents are on exhibit here. On the one hand, it’s the antithesis of the online show, with such ancient manuscripts being on display. On the other hand, it exemplifies new online, as the British Library works to digitize and preserve these cultural and historical rarities.
Speaking of out of print books (we were, weren’t we?), the British Library announced earlier this week that it would supply Amazon with 2.5 million bibliographic records for its out of print collection. This would help third party sellers identify these books for Amazon customers. Many journalists got it wrong and thought the Library was selling off 2.5 million rare books. Not so, it’s just supplying bibliographic records for identification purposes.
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