San Francisco
– The nonprofit Internet Archive has launched a project to digitize more than 1
million book titles, to make them more accessible to the visually impaired. The
organization is using money from foundations, libraries, companies and the
government to pay hundreds of people to scan book titles into its database,
whose texts may then be converted to speech and read out loud by a variety of
devices. "We’ll offer current novels, educational books, anything. If
somebody then donates a book to the archive, we can digitize it and add it to
the collection," Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle told the
Associated Press.


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