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  1. Dear David,
    Thank you for your article. I have a question. Why digitise the books? Why not simply scan them in as they are and let the readers read them as in the original books? Quicker, simpler and so on. Is there a reason that I am not spotting?
    Thank you and best wishes, Luke Wiseman

    • The Google Books project I described works by scanning the books to create digital files. I expect nearly every other comparable project also begins by scanning the book. Project Gutenberg started out by typing the text, but scanners didn’t exist yet.

      It’s possible to read these digital files on various electronic devices. I suppose if someone wanted to, they could print the file, too.

      Thanks for your question, and thanks for reading Reading, Writing, Research.

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