Google to digitize old books from Rome, Florence

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:44 am

Google said it will scan up to 1 million old books in national libraries in Rome and Florence, including works by astronomer Galileo Galilei, in what’s being described as the first deal of its kind.

Culture Ministry official Mario Resca says the deal will help save the books’ content forever and noted that the 1966 Florence flood ruined thousands of books in the Tuscan city’s library.

He said digitizing books from before 1868 will help spread Italian culture throughout the world.


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