Bookshare.org is a new online community that enables people with visual and other print disabilities to legally share scanned books. Bookshare.org takes advantage of a special exemption in the U.S. copyright law that permits the reproduction of publications into specialized formats for people with disabilities. Bookshare.org is expected to be fully functional in the Spring of 2002.
The Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginiahttp://etext.lib.virginia.edu
The Electronic Text Centerís holdings include approximately 51,000 on-and off-line humanities texts in 12 languages, with over 350,000 related images. 1600 of these are available for the Microsoft Reader and Palm devices, including British and American fiction, major authors, childrenís literature, American history, Shakespeare, African-American documents, the Bible, and more.
The English Serverhttp://eserver.org
The EServer, formerly at Carnegie Mellon, is now based at the University of Washington. It contains over 31,589 works in 42 collections on such diverse topics as contemporary art, race, Internet studies, sexuality, drama, design, gender studies, accessible publishing and current political and social issues.
The Internet Public Libraryhttp://www.ipl.org
The IPL Online Texts Collection contains over 19,000 titles including various online books, stories, essays, poems, articles, dramas, letters and speeches that are available over the internet. They can be browsed by author, by title, or by Dewey Decimal Classification.
The Online Book Initiativehttp://ftp.std.com/obi
The Online Book Initiativeís (OBI) Online Book Repository (OBR), is a large collection of text and related materials ranging from Shakespeare and The Bible to novels, poetry, standards documents, etc.
The On-line Books Pagehttp://digital.library.upenn.edu/books
The On-line Books Page contains an index of thousands of online books freely readable on the internet, pointers to significant directories and archives of online texts, special exhibits of particularly interesting classes of online books, and information on how readers can help support the growth of online books.
A comprehensive, searchable database of reference, verse, fiction, nonfiction and classic literature, all available on the internet. Visitors can access informative summaries of each book, as well as concise biographies, complete with pictures of each author featured in the online library. Enhanced navigational tools and extensive cross-referencing between works make it easy for users to locate specific passages and references.
Finds public domain copies of books and publishes them on the internet. Project Gutenberg e-texts are made available in "Plain Vanilla ASCII" format.
The Tech Classics Archivehttp://classics.mit.edu
Select from a list of 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors, including user-driven commentary and "readerís choice" Web sites. Mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.
Texas Text Exchangehttp://tte.tamu.edu
The Texas Text Exchange (TTE) is a consortium of disability service providers who share electronic texts (e-texts) with each other. This library of e-text is used exclusively to accommodate qualified students with disabilities. The library is administered by Adaptive Technology Services at Texas A&M University. Holdings are accessible only by TTE consortium members (nonprofit, governmental, or educational institutions whose purpose is to provide alternate text forms for people with disabilities). Consortium member agreement forms are available from this site. Students cannot directly access the TTE holdings. There is no cost to participate in the TTE.
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