25,000 emails in three years

25,000

A slightly more personal note here… it’s been a little over three years since I started working at Open Library and just this past week we hit a milestone of 25,000 emails sent. That’s slightly lower than the number of emails we get because some are just saying “Thank you!” and some we forward to other departments and yes, a few are spam. But the rest–the tech support, the early book returns, the reference questions, the merge requests–have been answered by me and Michelle and Laurel.

It’s been very gratifying to help keep Open Library’s ebook lending library open and thriving and very interesting to watch the ebook environment changing around us since we first opened in a much more limited fashion in 2005. Here’s to ten more years of free ebook lending and a continually improving ebook reader experience in the next ten years!

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February 1-5 is #ColorOurCollections Week

There are a lot of neat public domain images in our collections. We’ve highlighted them in the past and continue to encourage people to use, remix and share our content. This week for the #ColorOurCollections event, we’ve pulled out some especially colorable images and made them into PDFs that you can print out and color. We’ve created a few pairs of images we think you’ll like. Here are the images and links to the books where you can find and download even more. If you just want to download a zip file of all eight images, click here.

apollos_genii nuptial_bath

punkah  mandan

greek_costume2 greek_costume

papilio cicada

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It’s Aaron Swartz Day – Here’s an Open Library status report

Next week is the third annual Aaron Swartz Day (2013, 2014), a celebration and Hackathon which takes place at the Internet Archive on November 7th. Please consider joining us. More information about this year’s events can be found here. We have a lot of good news on our end.

Image from page 323 of "The bicycling world" (1881)

My name is Jessamyn and I’ve been working for Open Library for the past few years after being inspired by Aaron Swartz Day 2013. I work with Giovanni Damiola and Michelle Krasowski and many of the other wonderful people at the Archive to keep this valuable resource up and running.

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Digital PML uses BookReader to enhance access to local collections

“We’re writing to let you know that we are proud and grateful users of the Internet Archive BookReader software on our new repository of digitized materials, Digital PML

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So great! For other institutions that would like to use the BookReader can read through this documentation to help you get started.

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