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The Archive CD Books Project
The Archive CD Books Project exists to make digital reproductions of old
books available to the public, to donate original publications to libraries
and other institutions, and to cooperate with these repositories to preserve
their existing collections for future generations.
The project began in the UK in March 2000, and now has participating partner
companies in several countries worldwide. Archive CD Books USA was formed
in mid 2005.
Each partner company buys or borrows books from collectors and repositories
in its native country and scans and reproduces them on CD-ROM and/or other
media. Thousands of titles have already been published in this way and
that number is growing daily. Each scanned book is then made available
to all of the other partner companies.
This arrangement not only provides you with access to the Project's entire
worldwide inventory of books on CD from the partner company in your native
country, but it serves to reduce delivery time and shipping costs.
The U.S. company works with societies, libraries and individuals to bring
you a wide range of U.S. historical resources. Our selection of books
is assisted by Robert Charles Anderson, one of the pre-eminent genealogists
in the United States. Anderson is a Fellow of the American Society of
Genealogists and is the Director of the Great Migration Study Project
for the New England Historic Genealogical Society, editor of the Great
Migration Newsletter, and co-editor of The American Genealogist. He serves
as Genealogical Consultant to Archive CD Books USA.
We love old books! Unlike most scanning projects, we will never disbind
or destroy any salvageable book in order to digitize it. In fact,
the Archive CD Books Project preserves and regularly donates
the books that it has scanned to needy libraries or societies. And
when we borrow a book in order to scan it, we will frequently renovate
or rebind it before returning it to its owner (along with a copy of the
digital version, of course).
This uncommon focus on book preservation has lead to the cultivation of
special relationships with many libraries, archives and book lovers around
Our goal is to preserve these disintegrating old books and get them back
into the hands of researchers who can use them. Your patronage of the
Project helps us to accomplish that goal.
here to see some samples of the scanning process.