Internet Archive adds its three millionth scanned book

The Internet Archive's Book Scanning project just added its three millionth text. Unlike Google Book Search, the Archive only scans public domain works, and, more significantly, places no restrictions on the scans' usage. Another significant difference is the Archive's privacy policy, which, unlike Google, promises not to release your personal information without a court order.
More than 100 people digitize books in Internet Archive scanning centers in 27 libraries in 6 countries. At 10 cents a page, we are bringing over 1,000 new books online every day. is visited by more than 1 million different users every day. Books are downloaded or read on about 10 million times each month, and approximately 2,000 books for the blind and dyslexic (print disabled) are downloaded every day.

Other projects use the texts archive in bulk. Researches at the University of Massachusetts have used millions of books to do digital scholarship. integrates these books with many thousands of recent books for the print disabled and library borrowers. All of the public domain books are full text searchable, indexed by multuiple search engines, and downloadable individually or in bulk.

Please help us build the library of free books by scanning and uploading, by donating physical books to the Internet Archive, or by sponsoring the digitization of great collections!

3 million texts for free


  1.  But google lets us google to google what google we google is google a google when google googles we google googles.

  2. Online for who? I type “algebra” in the search, and hundreds of titles come up. But nothing actually readable online after about 1915. There’s been a few minor changes in the subject since then.

  3. I love IA for genealogy research. Most of the family/county history books I’m interested in are long out of print and have such specific subject matter than they’re impossible to find at the library. (It doesn’t help that my local library doesn’t offer inter-library loan services.) But, almost without fail, the Internet Archive will have the book I’m looking for.

  4. I can’t think of anything more wonderful than the legacy of Stem Hart.  There should be kittens and unicorns for him. Any comments/reminiscences/ideas from Cory and the BB folks? Srsly. Seems he had a big impact on you guys/gals.

  5. There are lots of post-1923 public domain works (and works scanned with permission of rightsholders) in the Internet Archive book collection.

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