Thursday, 25 February 2010
British Library announces 65,000 free texts for the Kindle
Got room for 65,000 19th century classics?
The British Library has taken the welcome step of making their archive of 65,000 19th century classics available as free downloads on the Amazon Kindle.
Originally digitised in partnership with Microsoft Livesearch, the British Library’s new deal with Amazon will unlock 65,000 editions of 19th century philosophy, history, poetry and literature – over 25 million pages of content. The arrangement covers Amazon's sites in US, the UK, France and Germany.
The BL says of the initiative, "covering the likes of Dickens, Austen, and Conan Doyle, the 65,000 titles also include a range of lesser know Victorian classics such as, A Strange Story by Edward Lytton, one of the period's most popular novelists - now largely neglected, and The Story of a Modern Woman by Ella Hepworth Dixon, described as 'the greatest unread novel of female struggle'. "
Kindle in New Zealand
This of course will only be of marginal interest to people in New Zealand - because, unlike the likes of their tiny neighbours in the Pacific, Kiribati, Fiji, New Caledonia, Tuvalu, and even the Cook Islands, the Kindle is not available here. And, there doesn't seem to be any plans to change that?
Kindle for Blackberry - buffering
As I tap, I am also a confused owner of the Kindle for Blackberry. I downloaded it okay, here - despite being told it was only available for US customers. It seem to install just fine - but watch this space for news as to whether I actually manage to download and install any texts. Right now - it is buffering - buffering buffering
I would especailly like to understand how mere mortals in the colonies can get a hold of the BL ones mentioned above? And yes, advice, help, gratefully received.