Cornell University Library Partners with Amazon

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Contact: Terry  Ehling
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E-mail:  teresa_ehling@cornell.edu

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 teresa_ehling@cornell.edu.

About Cornell University Library
One of the leading academic research libraries in the United    States, Cornell University Library is a  highly valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at the university,  offering cutting edge services and a full spectrum of library resources, from  rare books and manuscripts to a rapidly expanding network of digital resources.  Through such initiatives as the life sciences portal, the installation of a  pioneering high-end mobile and flexible computer laboratory designed  specifically for collaborative use, and innovative scholarly publishing  support, the Library is an integral component of the many educational programs  and research projects under way at Cornell.  To learn more about Cornell  University Library, visit <http://www.library.cornell.edu>