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Women's Travel Writing: Finding Digitized Books

What's Available Online?

For a book to be legally digitized and available online, either the holder of the copyright has to give permission for the digitization, or the book needs to be in the public domain. In the U.S., books in the public domain are usually those that were published prior to 1923, although under certain limited conditions later works may also be in the public domain. Books that are freely available online will be those that are in the public domain.

Online Books

Google Books
Google has partnered with a number of universities to scan the full-text of public domain books in the university library collections. They've developed technology that enables them to scan more than 3,000 books per day. In addtion to the full-text of the books in the public domain, for many titles Google allows you to view snippets or selected pages from books still under copyright.
Internet Archive
Search the "Texts" files for specific titles or books on particular subjects.
Hathi Trust
A shared digital repository with over 2 million full-text digitized volumes in the public domain.
EServer.org
A digital humanities venture, based at Iowa State University. Classic and contemporary texts.

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