All Norewegian books to be digitized, made available

The National Library of Norway has struck a deal to digitize all of its Norwegian books and make them available online to anyone coming from a Norwegian IP address. This is great work, and a model for other countries. (It probably helped that Norway's publishers enjoy a laudable program of subsidies and incentives, including funding to translate foreign titles into Neu Norsk).

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  1. As a Norwegian in Canada, the IP block is so frustrating. This is not the only place it happens - want to sign up to a Norwegian movie streaming site to watch some Norwegian movies, sorry can't do that, you're not in Norway... I understand that American content gets sold by country etc, but is there really a huge demand for Norwegian literature and movies around the world? (Similar with buying Norwegian DVDs in Norway and bringing them to Canada to show to my friends - can't do that, wrong zone... Thank god for VLC, but still ridiculous).

  2. Haha, absolutt, and Google Translate did its work. Unfortunately, Norwegians are really poor at capturing and sharing TV series (there are some really good Norwegian ones, like comedy shows, some miniseries), and ebooks. (For which the sales situation is crappy too - I actually end up reading a lot of Norwegian authors in Swedish translation, because it's much easier to pay a reasonable price and buy them legally from Swedish online stores...).

    I love watching international TV series. DramaFever is great in making available (legally) content from Japan, Korea, Taiwan and now Latin America. Would love to see things like The Bridge from Denmark (amazing series), German crime series etc... The world is big, and there's a broader spectrum than either the Wire or Telenovelas.

  3. Yes, we're great! Seriously though, this is the kind of thing every national library should be doing. Sure, it'll take them 30 years to get up to date, but they will do it.

    Other great things that are free for Norwegians: NRK (Norwegian public broadcast) tv and radio streaming. They have an awesome service, definitely comparable to the BBC iPlayer. And radio is available for 6 months after broadcast, tv for up to a month depending on rights.

    Btw, what is Neu Norwegian? Sounds like German/English spelling of New Norwegian (nynorsk), the second version of written Nowegian.

  4. Jeg vet wink

    I was pointing out to Cory that he made a mistake. Or possibly a weird nynorsk in the 27th century joke?

  5. d_r says:

    Katja, UiO runs a VPN server which you can access easily from off-campus. Start here:

    I don't know how well it works for streaming media, when I was at UiO I mainly used VPNs in the other direction (back to the US).

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