Contact: Terry Ehling
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Cornell University Library partners with Amazon
More than 6,000 titles from Cornell’s collections will soon be available as paperback books
ITHACA, N.Y.—Rare and out-of-print historical materials from Cornell University Library’s collections are now available as paperback books.
Cornell Library has partnered with BookSurge, a subsidiary of Amazon.com that provides inventory-free book publishing, printing, fulfillment, and distribution, to make digitized materials from its world-class collections available as paperback editions. Customers who order a Cornell title from Amazon.com will receive a high-resolution facsimile copy of the original contents.
Currently, 3,500 Cornell titles are available for sale by anyone browsing Amazon.com. That number will jump to more than 6,000 in the next six months. Google BookSearch also leads users to Cornell titles on Amazon or they can be purchased through Cornell Library’s customized Amazon storefront at <bookstore.library.cornell.edu>.
One of Cornell’s most exclusive collections, the Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection, currently represents the majority of the content, with some 2,000 titles available. Other Cornell holdings being offered as reprint editions include unique non-copyrighted scholarly materials on a variety of topics including the American Civil War; 19th and 20th century texts in home economics, agriculture, animal science, food science and rural sociology; historical western travel narratives of Southeast Asia; and important historical works in science and mathematics.
Previously, access to these digitized titles was limited to Cornell Library’s Web site. Scholars and others, however, often want a printed copy of the material in addition to viewing it online and this partnership fills that void. When a book is retrieved online from the library’s Web site, records now indicate whether it is also available as a print-on-demand title via Amazon.com.
For more information about Cornell Library’s partnership with BookSurge and Amazon, contact Terry Ehling, director of the Center for Innovative Publishing, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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