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Norway is digitizing all its books and making them free to read online

Andrea Margutti

The National Library of Norway is digitizing all the books in its collection, processing the text to make it searchable, and making them available to read online.

It's similar to the mass digitization efforts in the UK and Finland, but Norway has taken the extra step of making agreements with many publishers to allow anyone with a Norway IP address to access copyrighted material.

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    • Andrea Margutti

      lovely place to live ;-) I lived in Sweden for a while. Trust me: these countries are much better during the summer ;-)

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    What a great way to bring books to the masses-- I just question how authors will be compensated?

    • Andrea Margutti

      I think (it's not really clear in the post) that Norway will make a deal with editors to pay a sort of bundle for copyrights; just users with a norway IP will be able to join the online digital archive. So finally I think that the state is investing money for culture (and they have a lot of money to invest in it...)